Students Serve in New Orleans and Jackson for Spring Break

Siloam Springs, Ark. (March 18, 2010) — Two teams of John Brown University faculty, staff and students will spend this Spring Break (March 20 -27) engaged in service projects in New Orleans and Jackson, Miss. Frank Huebert, director of discipleship, and Robyn Daugherty, athletic director, will be leading a the service team to New Orleans. This will be the third time that JBU will partner with Faith's Hope, a ministry of Faith Bible Church. This year’s team of twenty-five includes nine members of the women’s volleyball team.

The New Orleans team will be providing service and labor in the effort to restore people's homes and lives after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Tearing out walls, siding houses and building fences are all ways that the group will serve in the ongoing effort of restoration, said Hubert.

Huebert said the experience is meaningful for students as well. “Students’ minds and hearts will become open to how God is at work,” he said. “Hopefully it becomes a way to view our world through the lens of the Gospel, a lens that cares about and advocates for ‘the poor, the oppressed, and the captive’” (Luke 4:18-19).

The second JBU team will serve in Jackson, Miss. Ten students will be led by Lisa Corry, assistant director of discipleship, and will partner with the Perkins Foundation in community development service projects. The team will also have the opportunity learn more about the historic civil rights movement. The connection with the Perkins Foundation originated in 2007 when John Perkins, its founder, spoke in a JBU chapel service. The purpose of the Foundation is to spread the Gospel of Christ and to work for racial reconciliation throughout the country. This is JBU’s second service trip in cooperation with the Perkins Foundation.