Hurricane Irene hit the east coast in 2011. The impact from that storm remains visible today in many areas. One of those is Swan Quarter, North Carolina, where 41 Trinity students spent their spring break serving the community, tearing off roofs and installing new ones for families whose houses were damaged.
Of the eight years that Trinity’s student-led service trip has taken place, 2013 marked the second consecutive year spent at Swan Quarter. The week-long trip involved days of physical labor and interaction with community members, and nights gathered in worship through singing, devotions, and testimonies.
Sophomore co-leader Kimberly Malinowski of Peoria, Arizona, said she gained as much as she gave during the trip. “I’ve grown more in love with serving those in need, and I’ve taken a much greater appreciation for the little things in life.”
Students returned spiritually refreshed, according to Megan Spradley ’14 of Aurora, Illinois, who has joined the team the past two years. “This trip created a new meaning of the body of Christ for me. I saw spiritual growth in many people and experienced God in new, beautiful, and majestic ways.”
I saw spiritual growth in many people and experienced God in new, beautiful, and majestic ways. -- Megan Spradley ’14
Students bond over their shared goal of serving others. “Group members create relationships with people who are all seeking the same thing, a deeper relationship with God and an opportunity to serve him and his kingdom,” said Spradley.
The spring break service trip partnered with World Renew (formerly the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee), the relief and development organization of the Christian Reformed Church.