Students resided and ministered in Harvey, Illinois, at Harvey House and Tabitha House during the two-week Interim in January. Led by Dr. Mary Lynn Colosimo, associate professor of psychology, students participated in multiple programs providing life-changing opportunities to those in the community.
Restoration Ministries offers a free, residential 18-month Christian training program for men and women who have overcome addictions. Other programs include after-school tutoring for children and a prison outreach.
“The biggest impact of this Interim was seeing how much bigger God is,” said Ishael Jedidah Tendero ’13 of Evanston, Illinois. “Hearing testimonies from the Tabitha House women and Harvey House men made me realize God was very present in their lives even when they didn’t have any clue of who he was. It was truly a blessing to see how God is present in every aspect of our lives, in both the dark and light.”
Students spent much of their time working in the Restoration Ministries Thrift Store and tutoring children after school. Other service opportunities involved volunteering at the Greater Chicago Food Depository, distributing food to the homeless in Chicago through Trinity’s Sunday Snacks ministry, and sharing Scripture, music, and testimonies with youth and the elderly.
The group also attended Bible studies, church services, intercessory prayer meetings, and daily devotions at the Spirit of God Fellowship Hall in South Holland, Illinois.