By Kyle Peveto, Arts Editor
Students took the gospel to inner cities, Caribbean islands and small mountain towns last week as part of Spring Break Campaigns.
Aside from a few setbacks, the 2003 campaigns were successful.
“It was amazing,” said Rachel Click, sophomore broadcast journalism major from Mineral Wells who led the campaign to the Bronx, N.Y.
Students ministering in the Bronx assisted a church-planting team, handed out tracts in the city and sang in the streets and subways.
“We got a lot of responses from singing in subways,” Click said. “Some people were even crying.”
Students who worked in Bohita, Dominican Republic, earned their sunburns doing manual labor in villages with Haitian refugees and caring for the sick and wounded in hospitals.
“It was definitely successful,” said David Sessions, Christian ministry major from Issaquah, Wash., who led students to the Dominican Republic. “I really think people’s lives were changed on both sides.”
In Los Angeles, students ministered on Skid Row, a huge gathering place for the homeless. Campaigners slept there, helping to feed and witness to those there.
“So much happened there, it was hard to put into words,” said Adam Brennan, junior finance major from Amarillo, who led the campaign. “It was intense.”
Students working in San Francisco helped feed the homeless, ministered to the homosexual community there, worked Alameda County prisons and spoke with college students at University of California-Berkeley and San Francisco State University.
“We asked everyone we met if there was something we could pray about,” said Jeremy Gordon, senior finance major from Duncanville, and a leader of the campaign to San Francisco.
“It was awesome,” said Andress Boggs, sophomore business management major from San Antonio, and a leader of the campaign. Students stayed at a halfway house filled with recent prison parolees who are trying to get their lives together through Christ.
“It was great to know them, their lives and their faith in God. Their courage was amazing,” she said.
Seek and Follow campaigners took their weeklong road trip as far north as Illinois and west to Kansas, painting houses and doing street and homeless ministry along the way.
“We went to a church and doubled their congregation because they were so small,” said Kelly Sargent, sophomore children’s ministry major from Mesquite, who led the campaign.