Urban Ministry

InterVarsity students from across the country, spending their spring break working on the West Side of Chicago rather than relaxing at the beach, got the attention of the Chicago Tribune. An article published on Good Friday, April 2nd, examines the motivations and explores the activities of the 230 students participating in the Chicago Urban Project.

Team leader for InterVarsity's largest BCM chapter, Wendy Hu-Au has learned how to be fluent in a variety of communication styles.

For the past three years InterVarsity chapters in New England have spent spring break rebuilding New Orleans. In the process students have learned not only how deeply God cares for New Orleans but also how deeply He cares for them.

Alec Hill reports: "Last month, I had the great privilege of visiting one of our premier urban projects. Hosted by Randy White - our National Urban Project Director - and Kevin Blue - our Los Angeles Urban Project (LAUP) Director - I engaged with students at six ministry sites. This included ministries to the homeless, kids, and adults in recovery. It was truly an amazing experience."

It was a watermelon picnic where Katie Rigby connected with InterVarsity as a new freshman at Wake Forest University. And it was a small group InterVarsity Bible study that she led as a sophomore that awakened her passion for social justice and eventually led her to Teach for America.

Students from U.S. fraternities and sororities involved in clean drinking water project

While many of their colleagues and friends headed south to warm beaches for spring break, 34 students from five University of Wisconsin (UW) campuses drove to Centrobrook Church in Milwaukee. Centrobrook is a Hispanic church that meets in an old warehouse on Milwaukee's near south side.

Elfira felt uneasy about returning home to Indonesia. It had been five years since she was there last, and she thought she had left it behind. She came to the States to pursue a degree in engineering. But during her time here heard a call from God to serve him in another way. She decided to return home in order to help equip and minister with churches in caring for the poor and needy in Indonesia.

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