Two teams of students from HU will be entering the mission field this spring break — one team to Show Low, Arizona and the other to San Marcos, Guatemala.
Student leader Shawna Miller, joined with staff leader Carlene Peters, will lead the Arizona team for the week while they serve with an organization called the American Indian Christian Mission.
Miller said she was asked to lead by Peters, and they both felt that the opportunity to serve on a Native American reservation was unique and something that would be new to HU.
While there, the team will be working with a children’s ministry called Blue Bus Ministry. The bus travels each night, and the team is in charge of Bible sessions and crafts for the youth. During the day, they will work in schools on the reservation and help with on-site projects.
“I am extremely excited,” Miller said. “I know [the Lord] is going to meet us in incredible ways. We are hoping to reach the younger generations for Christ and bring them the hope we all desperately need.”
The Guatemala team is led by junior Selina Pohl, joined by campus pastor Arthur Wilson and Lauren Sowers of the Friesen Center.
While there, the team will serve at a children’s home, tutoring and mentoring, and helping at a home for the elderly while also completing a service project for a family.
Sowers said Pohl has taken the initiative to put this trip together, and she is honored that her position with the Friesen Center has made it possible for her to be a pert of the trip.
Pohl, who has been to Guatemala many times and considers it a second home, is excited to share experiences there with friends from HU.
“I hope that we get to bond and learn more about Jesus than ever,” Pohl said. “I think the week will be jam-packed and busy, but will also allow students to learn about a new culture that is different from their own.”