Christmastime has always been a season of giving, and for Liberty University’s mission organization, Light Trips, it is a season of traveling as well. On Dec. 27, two staff members and 14 students are taking a journey to East Asia where they will have the opportunity to spread the good news of the hope that illuminates the Christmas season – Jesus Christ.
During their visit, students will participate in a variety of ministry outreaches like teaching English to university students, working with two to five-year-olds in a kindergarten setting, and spending quality time with children in a local Christian-run orphanage.
Light Ministries, the collegiate short-term ministry department of the Center for Global Engagement, has made it a point to travel to East Asia several times within the past six years, primarily because the area has one of the largest orphan populations in the world. The call of James 1:26, to visit orphans and widows in their distress, is not one that Liberty students take lightly.
This trip is just one of many opportunities that students have to travel overseas with Light and show the love of Christ to people in need all around the world.
“Going on a short-term collegiate trip is a great experience because it provides students with exposure to the need for the Gospel in all parts of the world, while giving them an opportunity to see how God is at work among other people groups,” said John Puig, the campaign coordinator for the Center for Global Engagement.
Over the past 20 years, Light has conducted more than 220 international, evangelistic campaigns involving nearly 7,000 students. Through these trips, Light has ministered to over 3 million people worldwide.
Although ministry trips are taken every spring, summer, and Christmas break, according to Director of Light, Tom Nylander, the Christimas trips are unique. The meaning of the holiday really hits home for students and for those whose lives they impact.
“Out of the joy of the greatest gift ever given (Jesus Christ), we as followers of Christ and recipients of His grace take joy in giving of ourselves in order to share and spread the love of the Father to the fatherless,” said Nylander.
Students who participate in Light trips have an invaluable opportunity to wrap the people they visit in the warm embrace of Christ’s sacrificial love, shedding light where darkness once was.