Millsaps team preps for initial mission trip

9/23/2009

Special to the Advocate

Students at Millsaps College are proving to be as service-oriented as ever through their preparation for the first overseas mission trip led by the Campus Ministry Team.

In December, a group of students will take part in a 10-day trip to Honduras to work with a Methodist missionary there. The students will be building, painting and playing with children as they witness to Christ’s love for the people of Honduras.

The trip is student led, so the enthusiasm for service that will be cultivated by the members of the group attests to the desire of youth to become more actively involved in missions across the world. Most of the students are already paying much of their college tuition fees and are willing to pay for this trip out of pocket as well. More students are interested in participating, but the lack of funding is keeping many from being able to pursue this service opportunity.

Service-oriented students say the trip means a lot to them, but it holds a special meaning for Methodist students at Millsaps.

“This group of students from Millsaps shows that our college cares deeply about service and its ties with the Methodist church,” said junior Maria Underwood of Birmingham, student leader of the trip. She added that she believes the trip will pioneer the way for other service trips in the future.

The team will be doing fundraising, both individually and within the group, but donations are appreciated. The cost of the trip covers airfare, sightseeing, meals, housing and donations made to the mission work projects in Honduras. Members are eager to speak at churches about the trip before or after. 

Individuals and churches are asked to help the students become servants of Christ through prayer and-or monetary support. Covering either a particular part of the trip or simply making a small donation will be helpful. 

Those with questions regarding how they can support this trip may contact Underwood at undermm@millsaps.edu.