Spring Break Mission Trips 2018

Go. Engage. Serve.

"Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."

Sign-Up begins Thursday, Nov 9th @ 7:10am in the Cook DeWitt Center

If you have any further questions or concerns about SB18:
Email the CM office: campusministry@gvsu.edu or Call Rayanne Beaudry: 616-710-9434

Sign up process

We have a limited number of spots available, so please read this process for signing up carefully and follow these steps!

  1. You must be present to sign up. You will not be able to sign up a friend.
  2. Please arrive promptly between 6:45am and no later than 7:00am on Thursday, November 9th. You do not need to arrive earlier.
  3. As you enter the Cook DeWitt Center, you will be given a wristband with a number on it.
  4. At 7:10am, we will publish the sign-up order (randomly generated). When your number is called, you will be allowed to sign up for the trip of your choice based on what spots are still available.
  5. To sign-up, you need to turn in the completed registration form and an $80 deposit. We will take cash or a check made out to “Campus Ministry @ GVSU”. If you have a money concern, please contact Rayanne Beaudry at beaudryr@gvsu.edu.
  6. Please know that we are making as many spots available as we possibly can but that we cannot guarantee that you will be given a spot on a SB trip.
  7. If there are any spots still open at the close of sign-up on Thursday morning, those spots will be available on a first-come, first served basis at the Campus Ministry office in the Cook DeWitt Center starting at 12:00 noon on Thursday, November 9th.

Paying for your trip

No one should stay home due to a lack of funds! In order to adequately plan these trips, we ask that you place an $80- deposit and follow the payment schedule below. If meeting any of these payment dates is a problem with you, please talk with Rayanne Beaudry (beaudryr@gvsu.edu) or 616-710-9434.

  • Thursday, Nov 9th - SB18 Sign-Up begins! Deposit of $80 due
  • Friday, Dec 8th - 2nd Payment of $80 due
  • Sunday, Feb 4th 2018 - Remaining trip balance due, $160 non-refundable

Please make us aware of any special financial situations, so that we can help you make it on one of these life-changing trips! Fundraising opportunities will be available soon!

Trip availability

The only way to “secure” a spot is to register in the Campus Ministry office. You will need to fill out a registration form and also bring an $80 deposit to sign-up.

Houston, Texas

hurricane relief

In August of 2017, Hurricane Harvey doused our nation's fourth largest city with a year's worth of rain in about a week's time. Tens of thousands of people were displaced from their homes and hundreds of thousands of homes have been damaged or destroyed. The devastating impact of this historic hurricane will last for years, and about 80% of homeowners in the Houston area do not have flood insurance. Many residents of Southeast Texas have lost everything they own, and you may have spent the last few months wondering how you can help. This is your chance to step into the chaos and make a tangible difference for people in need. We will work with several different agencies that are responding to the needs of the people of the Houston area. You will travel down in buses and share accommodations with the rest of the group at a camp outside of Houston, but you will spend the majority of your time with a smaller team of about 15 people.

Bus

$525

Trip Limit: 100

3/2 - 3/10

Puerto Rico

hurricane relief

In late September 2017, Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. island territory of Puerto Rico in unimaginable ways. The entire island has been affected, and 70% of the island is still without power six weeks after the storm hit. The amount of work to be done is daunting, but you have an opportunity to make a meaningful difference. Puerto Rico has received no shortage of attention from the media, but we're all wondering what we can do to really help the people of this country that are living without electricity, homes, and safety. Be prepared for an experience like none other as we roll up our sleeves and step into the devastation to bring hope and new life to the community of Puerto Rico in whatever ways are most needed. We will work with Experience Mission and their local church partners. You will travel and share accommodations with a group of 50 but will spend most of your time in a smaller team of about 15 people.

Flying

$1275

Trip Limit: 50

3/3 - 3/10

Nashville, TN

urban outreach

Music may be a universal language, but it's just one of over 100 languages spoken in Music City! Nashville is known as the new "Ellis Island" with more immigrants and refugees per capita than any other city in the United States. Serve in Hopewell, a historically segregated neighborhood recovering from years of neglect, by working with SLAM Nashville, an organization that is focused on improving the quality of life for overlooked groups of people. Help through facilitating events for people at refugee apartment complexes, work in a community garden to reach widows, and partner with local non-profits that work with the elderly, the homeless, inner-city children, and more! You will travel down in a bus with the rest of the group, but you will spend most of your time in a smaller team of about 15 people.

Bus

$550

Trip Limit: 50

3/3 - 3/10

Denver, Colorado

urban outreach

Do you love kids and sunshine? Spend a week working with Sun Valley Youth Center, and you'll experience a lot of both! Sun Valley Youth Center is committed to giving Denver's poorest neighborhood a hope for the future. With a focus on transforming the lives of at-risk youth in this low-income, public housing neighborhood, Sun Valley Youth Center provides: day care, after-school care, youth development, mentoring and life essentials programs to help raise up the neighborhood's youth. You will depart for Colorado on Friday morning to arrive in Denver in time for a weekend youth retreat then spend the rest of the week working on various projects around the community. Enjoy spending your free time exploring this vibrant city and a day trip adventure to the Rockies. You will travel and share accommodations with a group of 30 but will spend most of your time in a smaller team of about 15 people.

Flying

$580

Trip Limit: 30

3/2 - 3/10

Orlando, Florida

urban outreach

You may associate Orlando with magic and mouse ears, but this trip will give you the opportunity to step beyond the pixie dust into an African American community just west of downtown Orlando. You will work with Kaley Square Ministry as they cultivate a place of hope, connection and growth that equips youth for leading a thriving community. You will reach out to the surrounding community and have an opportunity to serve with members of the neighborhood to engage the homeless, repair homes, help integrate the church into the community, and volunteer at an after school kids program by playing games and forming friendships with the kids there. This trip will introduce you to Christian Community Development and how we can “do justice” by helping people help themselves. Don't worry about missing out on the warm weather and sunshine - you'll have some free time to spend at the beach! You will travel and share accommodations with a group of 30 but will spend the majority of your time in a smaller team of about 15 people.

Flying

$650

Trip Limit: 30

3/3 - 3/10

Los Angeles, California

urban outreach

Lights, camera...take some real action in Hollywood this Spring Break! This trip will give you the opportunity to connect service, faith, and current events. You will engage with people working on the front lines of homelessness, social justice, racial inequality, gang prevention, immigration, and poverty. You will serve with local agencies and ministries, learn from local leaders, and reflect on the ways our faith calls us to respond. The work may include anything from engaging in solidarity with those experiencing homelessness, helping out at the local food bank, or listening to stories involving gang tensions and the impact that gentrification has on local teens. As for your free time, Southern California has warm weather, mountains, ocean, and all things Hollywood - what more could you ask for?

Flying

$850

Trip Limit: 20

3/3 - 3/10