Each year, countless students experience the rewards of going on a mission trip sponsored by Liberty University. Many of these young people sacrifice their summer vacations to be the hands and feet of Christ by investing in the lives of people around the globe.
More than 100 students and leaders participated in short-term mission trips through the Center for Global Engagement this summer. In May, groups traveled to Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Colombia, Cameroon, and two undisclosed locations in Europe. In July, a team including members of the Lady Flames Field Hockey Team traveled to Uganda.
During the trips, students engaged in relationship building, prayer walks, sports camps, HIV/AIDS education, and drama. They also distributed educational resources and medical supplies.
Liberty alumnus Dustin DuBose, associate director of the Office of Student Leadership, was one of the leaders on the Ethiopia trip.
“It’s great to see the willingness of Liberty students…to serve in those places. That is what makes Liberty unique and what makes our students unique…,” DuBose said.
The Liberty Spanish Institute provides students enrolled in Spanish courses at Liberty the opportunity to participate in two-month long mission trips. This initiative, which helps the students develop their Spanish language skills, also exemplifies the university’s mission of Training Champions for Christ. Through this unique ministry, students are immersed in Spanish culture, gaining experience they would never receive in a classroom — the opportunity to integrate academics and evangelism.
“We are not just focused on the four years [students] are here,” DuBose said. “We are focused on the world.”