For 30 years, LETU has offered students the opportunity to be part of spring break mission trips. These students sacrifice their spring break vacations for the opportunity to serve others and show the love of Christ wherever they serve.
Ten spring break mission trips are being planned for March 9-18, 2018 by LeTourneau Student Ministries (LSM). These teams need some of us, as faculty and staff members, to go with them as sponsors. They need all of us to pray for their ministry.
During that week, they build relationships, use their skills to help others, grow spiritually, have fun and support the missionaries they work alongside. They get out of their comfort zone. Some will fix airplanes. Some will chop wood. Some will use their engineering skills to build and repair things. Some will work with special needs children. Some will sort books. Some will provide safe transportation to intoxicated college students on the beach. All will make an impact for Christ.
The 2018 Spring Break mission trip destinations are all over the map, including Texas, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, and Colorado.
The Beach Reach trip to South Padre Island, Texas, provides safety for college students who flock to the beach to spend the spring break week partying and drinking alcohol. Our students provide van rides to intoxicated college students and minister to them through prayer, conversation and free pancakes. Relationships are built. Many have been led to salvation.
The Master's Mission trip to the mountains in North Carolina provides LETU students opportunity do manual labor--from chopping wood, clearing brush, renovating cabins and more--as they build relationships with long-term missionaries who are there being trained for the mission field. The trip is one that gives students the opportunity to consider whether God is calling them into the mission field.
The MMS Aviation trip to Ohio is one that enables aviation maintenance students the opportunity to fix airplanes and minister to those who are ministering to others. Our students participate in the ministry, working alongside families that work there.
The JAARS trip to North Carolina will enable our aviation students to help repair and maintain missionary aircraft for missionaries who go to the ends of the world to spread the Gospel of Christ. Last year's students worked on aircraft wings, doing sheet metal and composite work.
The OM Ships International trip to Florence, South Carolina, will give our students opportunity to receive, sort, pack and send out books and other literature in their warehouse to enable that ministry to send Christian, educational and children's literature to 150 countries through their largest floating book fair in the world, the Logos Hope. LETU students will interact with a host of missionaries from across the world as they provide behind-the-scenes support to help that organization open doors to the gospel.
The Reach Global Crisis Response trip to Corpus Christi, Texas, will help people whose lives were disrupted by Hurricane Harvey earlier this year. Manual labor like clearing debris, rebuilding homes and painting are practical ways our students can share Christ's love with families there.
The Tri-Grace Ministries trip to Utah provides our students opportunity share the gospel with college students through a coffee-shop ministry and through work with a polygamist outreach ministry.
The Son Set Solutions trip to Indiana enables our students to work with full-time missionary engineers at HCJB to provide hands-on engineering and computer science solutions to people in the mission field through working on radio broadcasting equipment or a host of other products, like smartphone apps, designed specifically for Christian missionaries to spread the gospel.
The Camp Blessing trip to Brenham, Texas, pairs LETU students with special needs kids for one-on-one mentoring for the week as they have a Christian camp experience with activities like swimming, horseback riding, archery, canoeing, and zip-line-all adapted for their special needs.
The LightSys Technology Services trip to Colorado enables our students to provide IT and technical skills alongside their 10 full-time workers to serve missionaries through technical support. In the one-week code-a-thon, students will complete as much of a project as they can, which could include creating code to create apps for the mission field.
Please pray about whether you should be involved as a faculty or staff sponsor on one of these trips, and be praying for our students to seek how God can use them for His glory.