Next Spring Break, 200 or more high school students and teachers will embark on life-changing trips, but the preparation and anticipation for the upcoming missions season begins in early fall.
The Wesleyan Missions Program is a very special aspect of the community that brings everyone together. From donations, to faculty members leading trips, to lower and middle school students praying and supporting teams, to high school students that give up their Spring Break to serve others.
Junior and mission trip veteran Charlie Taylor shared what he loved most about his time in the Dominican Republic was, “Serving along side peers and teachers was one of the most rewarding experiences that a teenager can go through. Last Spring Break, I learned how much God loves me by serving in a school and helping out where I was needed.”
Last year, nine spring break trips were offered. Wesleyan students served in Atlanta, Bulgaria, Chattanooga, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic (girls and co-ed), Ecuador, Guatemala and Nicaragua. No two trips were the same; every team faced different environments and amazing experiences.
Senior Ashley Doran served on the Ecuador trip last spring break and she said, “I had the best time on my trip. My team was incredible, it was so special getting close with classmates that I otherwise wouldn’t have gotten close with.” There is a long process putting the teams together, but a committee of several teachers places each individual student where they feel God is telling them to go. Doran continues to share that she will, “definitely sign up for a trip again this year.”
The 2019 mission trip locations were revealed in chapel on Sept. 20. Wesleyan will be serving in Atlanta, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Chattanooga, Dominican Republic (all girls and co-ed), Ecuador (all girls), Guatemala, Puerto Rico and South Africa (summer). As excitement for the mission season arises, Archer advises students to “Apply for everything. Ask questions of those who have been before—students and teachers. Pray specifically, individually and with friends, about how God might use you. As we enter the mission season, be expectant about some awesome things ahead.”