Spring Serve

Nine George Fox students traveled to the northwestern most corner of the continental United States during Spring Break. The people of the Makah Nation in Neah Bay, Wash., immediately welcomed them into their community and gave them a week the students won’t soon forget.

In between rides in a traditional whaling canoe, sitting in an unbelievably hot backyard sauna or watching traditional dances, the students focused on work. They filled untold bags of garbage while cleaning up beaches and roadsides, chopped wood for the elderly, made bead necklaces, archived museum documents and built relationships within the small community. The slideshow highlights their trip.

The Neah Bay team was one of five groups sent out. More than 60 students and employees from George Fox University spent their weeklong spring break helping others in three states during the university’s 18th annual Spring Serve.

During the week of March 21-28, students traveled to Yakima, Seattle, and Neah Bay in Washington, as well as Los Angeles and Utah to work on service projects in diverse cross-cultural settings.

The following are brief descriptions of the four other trips:

    • Near Yakima, Wash., a group did physical labor and ministered to at-risk youth at the Flying H Ranch.

    • In Utah, a group worked with Utah Partnerships for Christ to learn about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and interacted with its members in an often-forgotten area of ministry.

    • In Los Angeles, a group served at the Dream Center, an organization that sponsors more than 200 outreaches in inner-city L.A., including work with kids in the projects, homeless ministry, and night life outreach, to name a few.

    • In Seattle, a group served at several different ministries, including Urban Impact and New Horizons Ministries, and did everything from working at an after-school tutoring program to working with runaways and prostitutes.