By Kelline Linton, Staff Writer
All leaders for this year’s Spring Break Campaigns have been chosen and assigned their respective locations.
The locations of the campaigns are national and international and encourage students to serve a global need.
The Spring Break Campaign committee added two new groups this year that focus on hurricane relief. These groups will travel to Louisiana to help the suffering communities and the leaders of hurricane relief teams are looking for students who are ready to serve.
A leader of one hurricane relief team, Justin Webb, junior vocational missions major from Coppell, said, “The campaign is like Seek and Follow. We will be going to the hurricane area to do any service they need. I am interested in where God’s going to lead us.”
Webb led a Seek and Follow group last year and had the desire to be a leader again because it was such a unique experience, he said.
“I am doing God’s will, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” Webb said.
Many SBC leaders this year have experience with Spring Break Campaigns. Jud Beall, leader of the New York Boys’ Ranch campaign, went on the same campaign last year.
“It was awesome to see the boys, and I wanted to step up and be a leader this year,” said Beall, sophomore music education major from Abilene.
This campaign requires some manual labor and a lot of love, he said.
“The week is spent with 40 needy boys. Most don’t know God, and we need to spread the Word,” Beall said.
Kalyn Pierce, junior art education major from Menard, is one of two leaders in charge of the Chicago campaign.
“After I went to Seattle freshman year, I made it a goal to lead a campaign before graduating,” Pierce said.
Chicago was her first preference, and she said she wants to work with the different types of ministries the location offers, including homelessness and homosexuality.
“This is not an easy campaign, and we are looking for people who are willing to be exposed to situations that are uncomfortable,” Pierce said.
Two international destinations, Honduras and Chihuahua, Mexico, will involve ministering to children. Honduras leader Alan Gower, sophomore youth and family ministry major from Allen, plans to work with children and do manual labor.
“I am looking for anyone who wants to go,” Gower said.
Mexico leader David Altuna, sophomore biochemistry major from Austin, plans to serve at a children’s orphanage. The children are ages four to 12. After going on the Mexico campaign last year, Altuna said he was ready to be this year’s leader.
“Coming back from the trip, the children blessed us as much as we blessed them,” Altuna said. He said he is looking for students who enjoy working with children and have a heart for international culture.
Signups for Spring Break Campaigns will be this month.
“I think SBC is an opportunity for students to serve, and there is no reason not to go,” said Keith Robinson, SBC committee member in charge of finance and senior finance major from St. Louis.
“I couldn’t think of a better way to spend spring break. I want to serve a whole week with dedicated peer service,” Altuna said.