DC, Alaska among renewed Spring Arbor University mission trips after COVID-19 delays
DC, Alaska among renewed Spring Arbor University mission trips after COVID-19 delays

DC, Alaska among renewed Spring Arbor University mission trips after COVID-19 delays

SPRING ARBOR, MI – Following the cancellation of 2021’s COVID-19 mission missions for charity and outreach work this spring at Spring Arbor University.

The five tours by students at the Jackson Area Free Methodist University include two in the state and three outside of Michigan, and the work ranges from helping schools, helping the poor and rebuilding disaster-stricken areas.

Plans to go on tours in 2021 fell through due to the pandemic, said Andrew Phelps, a recent graduate and coordinator of outreach service to the university’s spiritual life department. Being able to complete five different trips with groups of up to 20 students each this year is exciting, he said.

“Many of these trips are our first time in these places,” Phelps said. “So it’s exciting to be able to do something new and a little bit unknown.”

The three trips outside the state are to Donaldsonville, Louisiana; Soldiers, Alaska and Washington, DC

The Donaldsonville trip is to help rebuild areas affected by hurricane damage and will require “hard, physical work,” Phelps said. The Alaska trip is about three hours south of Anchorage, and students will work at Soldotna’s homeless shelter and a Bible camp for youth.

The trip to the nation’s capital has a more “evangelistic focus,” Phelps said, and will consist of prayer walks throughout the city to connect with people.

One of the Michigan trips is to Flint to work with public schools and the city’s Boys and Girls Club. The other is to Newberry on the Upper Peninsula to help financially disadvantaged people in “a variety of ways,” Phelps said, including helping in soup kitchens, moving furniture or cleaning up areas affected by natural disasters.

There will be one or two employees from Spring Arbor University with a group of eight to 20 students on each trip, Phelps said.

The university seeks financial support for the missionaries to complete their travels. Donations can be made at this university’s website. To learn more about each trip, send an email to Phelps at [email protected].

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