Break on Impact
This spring break, students, faculty, and staff traveled in the US and abroad as part of Covenant College’s Break on Impact program. Last week, Break on Impact trips took students to Clarkston, Georgia; London, England; and Yakama Indian Reservation, Washington State.
In Clarkston, students worked with World Relief and Mission to the World, organizations that help refugees through the resettlement process. Students worshiped with local church plants in the refugee community, and served the neighborhood through various projects. The trip was led by Tim Goldsmith ’12 and Prof. Diana Cochran.
“Just three hours away, Clarkston is the most diverse square mile in the entire US—more than 140 countries are represented there,” said Ann Jones ’14. “Our trip focused on understanding who refugees are and how we can serve them. From hearing refugees' stories to witnessing all the ministries at work in Clarkston, I began to see the overarching theme that God is there and He is working. The trip opened my eyes to the incredible opportunities for ministry, friendship, and fellowship just three hours away from home. It has given me a renewed love for the nations and has shown me that I don't have to cross the ocean to make an impact in the world.”
RUF minister Ron Brown and Dr. Henry Krabbendam led a team of students to London, England, one of the most diverse cities in the world. Students served in a South Asian community in London, and worked to help the local church make connections in their community.
“This was our third year working with a church in south London, in a primarily East Asian immigrant area,” said Ron Brown. “Our primary role was evangelistic and to assist the church by establishing future contacts for the church to follow up. Our mornings were taken up in training about the South Asian cultures. We had specific training about how to understand and relate to Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs. We really enjoyed worshipping with the church in a multi-cultural, multi-language context during our trip.”
The trip to Yakama Indian Reservation was led by Amy Smith ’07 and Assistant Resident Director Sam Guthrie. Students worked with Sacred Road Ministries, an organization dedicated to responding to the physical, emotional, social, and ultimately spiritual needs of the Yakama people. The team participated in Bible clubs and work projects on the reservation, and spent time getting to know Yakama children.
“This was my third year leading a team of Covenant students to partner with Sacred Road Ministries to serve the people of the Yakama nation,” said Amy Smith ’07. “Covenant’s consistent relationship with this ministry is a privilege. Students are able to witness the raising of the Church in Native America. Traveling to the Yakama Reservation each year reminds me of how tangible the love of Christ can be. We are able to see the love of Christ demonstrated through the painting of walls, the repairing of roofs, and the giving of food.”