Break on Impact - Spring Break 2012
Every spring break, members of the Covenant community spread around the globe as part of the Break on Impact program. Begun over a decade ago, Break on Impact affords students the opportunity to spend their spring break learning about cross-cultural ministry and serving in one of many locales.
This year Covenant will send students, faculty, and staff members to London, England; Clarkston, Georgia; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; and the Yakama Indian Reservation. All teams will partner with ongoing ministries, by invitation from the host ministry, in such a way that submits to the leadership of the local workers and that contributes to and encourages their ongoing work.
Clarkston, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, has welcomed refugees from across the globe since the 1990s. Partnering with World Relief and Mission to the World, this team hopes to better understand the challenges refugees face during the resettlement process, and to learn how the church can be the hands and feet of Christ in welcoming strangers to our country. The trip will involve worship with a church plant in the refugee community, several days of entering into the experience of a refugee family, and opportunities to engage in service with the community. Trip Leaders: Charlie and Elizabeth Swing.
This team will return to assist local partners in the construction of transitional housing and other continuing efforts to rebuild and serve in the wake of the devastating earthquake of January 2010. By partnering with established ministries and local workers, Mission to the World and R3 International continue to respond to this crisis as part of a long-term commitment to serving in Haiti so that the local church gets the credit, God gets the glory, and the kingdom grows. Trip Leaders: Aaron Messner, Diane Cochran.
London, United Kingdom
With over 300 languages spoken and citizens and immigrants from a myriad of ethnic backgrounds, London is among the most diverse cities in the world. The team from Covenant will be partnering with a group that has been working in London since 1990, with a particular focus on evangelism and church planting in the South Asian community. In addition to learning about the different cultures and religions of the communities of Southall and Harrow, the team will be active in engaging in conversation on the street and visiting door to door to help the local church make connections in the community. Trip Leaders: Ron Brown, Henry Krabbendam.
Yakama Indian Reservation
This team will work with Sacred Road Ministries on the Yakama Indian Reservation in Eastern Washington. They desire to lovingly respond to the physical, emotional, and social needs of the Yakama in order to address their deeper spiritual need. This team will be assisting Sacred Road by reaching out to the children of the Reservation by leading afternoon Bible clubs and participating in a variety of work projects on homes needing repair. Trip Leaders: Brandon Kreuze, Amy Smith.