Sep 21, 2010

Liberty alumni lead mission trip

by Nathalia Giraldo


Liberty University alumni will lead a mission trip to Chestnut Mountain Ranch during fall break to aid with construction for a non-profit Christian crisis home for teenage boys in West Virginia.

AJ Harold and Alyssa Hodgens will lead the sixth trip to Morgantown, W. Va., stirring fellow peers to make a difference in other communities. 

“The Liberty team has been involved with the construction of every building that is up right now,” Hodgens said. “They have done something to help with it.” 

Though Harold originally joined out of impulse, he is now prepared to lead this trip along with new students to continue to the growth of this ministry. 

According to the Chestnut Mountain Ranch website, the Liberty team will be using this ranch to provide a “Christ-centered school and home for boys in crisis and in need of hope and healing. Partnering with their families, we pursue family restoration and reunification.” 

Though the ranch is not open yet, they have been able to finally have their staff come in and have begun to teach students in the school they have built. According to Harold, God has blessed this project very much since founder Steve Finn decided to start it but they still have a long way to go. The Chestnut Mountain Ranch website emphasizes on their home page the need for this place, as they receive weekly calls from families who are seeking out help for their children. 

The ranch will be open to boys from ages of eight to sixteen and must live within an 80 mile-radius of the ranch. 

“The family has to be within driving distance because a big thing with them is making sure that they are not just taking these kids from the home,” Harold said. “They want the home to be involved too. They are trying to repair the family.” 

This trip is a preliminary for the bigger trip that comes along during spring break. In their eyes, this is the trip that gives you a taste of the big things that you want to be a part of in the later trips. 

The trip will be taking off on Wednesday, Oct. 13 and will return on Saturday Oct. 16. This is open to all students over the age of 18 and CSER credit is offered to Liberty students. A cost of $50 is required to cover transportation and food. An interest meeting will be held on Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. in DeMoss 1078. For more information check out “Liberty CMR Team” on Facebook. 

GIRALDO is a feature writer.

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