Students Travel to St. Croix for Spring Break Mission Trip

March 31, 2010

A group of Mount Union students, along with Marty CashBurless, chaplain of the College and Patty Kuhn, payroll representative, spent their spring break volunteering their time doing missionary projects on the island of St. Croix.

“This trip was unique in that it wasn't a trip in which you saw actual, physical results,” said Abby Jensen, a junior communication major from Austintown, OH.  “Instead, you knew you were making a difference for the future. ” 

CashBurless arranged several volunteer projects for the students to take part in while on the trip, including assisting at the Reformed Church soup kitchen, working at sites run by the Lutheran Social Services organization for orphans and the mentally and physically disabled and cleaning up local beaches. While on the trip, the group stayed with the Kimbles, former Mount Union professors who now work and teach on the island.

“My favorite part of the trip was getting to meet new people and experiencing a different culture,” said Jensen. “I loved working for the Lutheran Social Services and the Queen Louise Home, where most of our work took place.  The thing that surprised me the most was all the poverty that was on the island. On St. Croix, you are either wealthy or poor.  There really is no middle class there.”

The group also spent leisure time exploring St. Croix by participating in various island expeditions. They also enjoyed the local beach, music and food.

“I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who wants to challenge themselves to try something new and open their eyes and hearts to new ways of life,” added Jensen.

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