George Fox sends 70-plus students on Spring Serve trips

Students on last year's Spring Serve trip to Neah Bay pose for a group photo.
Students on a Spring Serve trip to Neah Bay gather for a group photo. George Fox will send a team back to the same location this spring.

More than 70 students and employees from George Fox University will spend their weeklong spring break serving others during the university’s annual Spring Serve.

During the week of March 26-30, students will travel to Yakima, Seattle, Rimrock Lake and Neah Bay, Wash., as well as Los Angeles, to work on service projects in various cross-cultural settings.

The following are descriptions of the five trips:

  • A team of 12 will serve at The Flying H. Ranch, located 30 miles west of Yakima, Wash.  The ranch ministers to at-risk youth aged 8 to 16. On this trip the group will be doing physical labor as well as spending some time with the boys in worship, devotions, meals, games and conversation.  After a hard day’s work there will be time for individual and group devotions.
  • A team of 12 will serve with Center for Student Missions (CSM) in Los Angeles. CSM’s focus is partnering with local churches and organizations to help meet the needs of urban communities. Plans call to serve food at a homeless shelter and play with children at an after-school program.
  • A team of 24 will serve at several different ministries in Seattle including Urban Impact and New Horizons Ministries. These ministries have a focus of building relationships and serving in community through the local church. The group will be doing a variety of work including working with an after-school tutoring program, helping at community events, and cleaning program sites. New Horizons ministries works with runaways and prostitutes in the Seattle area, and the group will have a chance to have a facility tour and learn about what the ministry does and the impact that it is having in the local community.
  • A team of 17 will travel to Neah Bay, Wash., to work on the Makah Indian Reservation. Service will be split up into two parts. The first will be working to maintain and improve the environmental habitat on the reservation, including stream development and beach clean-up. The rest of the work will be comprised of a variety of tasks including painting a church, gardening, chopping wood, and other maintenance work. Along with these service aspects of the trip, the team will also learn about the culture and history of the Makah tribe, building relationships as they work in the local community.
  • A team of 12 will travel to Ghormley Meadow Christian Camp near Rimrock Lake, Wash., to tackle various work projects. Jobs will include painting, burning brush, deep cleaning, doing small renovation projects and helping in the office.

Participating students are selected through an application process. They pay part of the costs of their trips, which are subsidized by the student government. Each of the trips has a faculty, staff, or alumni leader, assisted by two undergraduate student leaders.

The trips are part of the university’s commitment to Christian service, which also includes an annual day of service for which the university closes; community service projects that reach out to Newberg, Ore., and surrounding communities; and an urban services program that sends students to Portland and Salem, Ore., to build relationships with the homeless.