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Spring break is one of the most anticipated vacation times for anyone in school, particularly for students in college.
For most college students, spring break either means a relaxing time at home, earning money at work or going out to vacation with friends. For several students at Campbellsville University, however, they anticipated their spring break for another reason.
About 50 students set out and served in six locations during the first week of March in Panama City Beach, Fla., northern Florida, Mexico, Haiti, Belize and Tanzania. They did everything from serving pancakes to those on the beach to ministering to those in prison and teaching English to students in Belize.
Students from CU's Baptist Campus Ministry organization took to the beaches to minister to college students staying in Panama City Beach.
Several CU football players also spent their spring break serving in Florida. The players spent four days sharing the gospel and playing softball with inmates in maximum-security prisons in Florida. They spent one of their last days painting and restoring a Habitat for Humanity Center in the Orlando area.
Another group of students partnered with Project Fortify and traveled to Mexico to work with low-income families and orphans. Student Mikey Hatcher from Campbellsville was one of several students who spent their time delivering supplies and repairing an orphanage in Mexico. The CU students also got to spend time with the children by teaching them, playing soccer with them and sharing the gospel with them.
Neply, Haiti was another area of the globe impacted by CU students this spring break. Dustin Ford of Campbellsville spearheaded a trip to Haiti through "My Life Speaks," an organization that ministers to the needy, particularly special needs children. Dena Clements of Campbellsville also attended.
CU's School of Education and School of Nursing also took mission trips to different parts of the Southern Hemisphere. Rita Curtis from Campbellsville attended. While there, the group put its teaching skills to good use by teaching English to the students in their schools. They also brought school supplies and clothes to the orphanage.
Angie Atwood, assistant professor of nursing, traveled with two nursing students to Kigoma, Tanzania. They worked in the Kigoma Baptist Hospital with International Mission Board American missionary Dr. Larry Pepper.
Students in the School of Theology also had an opportunity to travel to the Holy Land in Israel and Jordan with several of their professors, CU alumni, family and friends. While there, these travelers got to tour some of the famous sites in the Bible, including the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized, the Sea of Galilee and the tomb where Jesus is said to have been placed after his crucifixion.