There are many types of devastation in the world.
Natural. Personal. Communal.
And standing ready to help those who have been devastated is one way we demonstrate being Champions for Christ.
At Liberty, our urgent disaster relief team can teach you tangible ways to provide swift humanitarian, spiritual, and psychological aid — and then take you to disaster sites to do it in person.
No matter which degree program you choose, you and students like you can show up and make a life-changing difference to victims of floods, fires, tornadoes, and other disasters — including refugees in crisis.
No need to wait until you graduate. At Liberty, you can be part of a global solution now.
“It’s important that we run to people who are hurting and broken, especially in crises that could happen at any moment.
It could be us tomorrow, and as human beings, we should be there for one another … the role of the Church in a crisis situation or natural disaster is to go and love and help people, to share hope in a hopeless situation, and to come together as community and family to help people in times of need.”
— Holly Griswold, associate director of LU Send Now
Since 2015, faculty, staff, and students have traveled to provide:
Hurricane Irma relief to Antigua
Earthquake relief to Mexico
Flooding relief to Peru
Hurricane Joaquin relief to South Carolina
Syrian refugee ministry in Greece
Storm relief to Georgia
Water crisis help to Flint, Michigan
Flood relief to Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Hurricane Matthew relief to North and South Carolina
Hurricane Harvey relief to Texas
Tornado relief to Mississippi
Flood relief to West Virginia
Hurricane Maria relief Puerto Rico (multiple trips)
Outreach projects to Skid Row and other low-income areas in Los Angeles, Calif.
Hurricane Michael relief to Florida
Wildfire relief to California (multiple trips)
Hurricane Florence relief to North Carolina
LU Send Now mobilizes and trains students to meet immediate relief needs around the world.
As the humanitarian relief arm of the university, LU Send Now is committed to serving the physical and spiritual needs of those who have experienced an unexpected disaster.
LU Send Now mobilizes students quickly and empowers them as relief workers when catastrophes arise. Trip costs are covered by the university.
LU Send Now:
- Has formed relationships with established aid organizations.
- Is equipped and organized so that relief teams can leave within a few days to a week of a crisis.
- Focuses on service-only trips.
Trains participating students in appropriate relief strategies.
“As a Junior during the summer of 2016, I had the opportunity to complete my internship abroad on a trip to Greece with the psychology department. We studied the impact of the human trafficking trade and learned about efforts being made to end the industry.
“While on the trip, we studied in a classroom setting, as well as heard from those who have dedicated their lives to advocating for individuals trapped in human trafficking. We even had the opportunity to walk the brothel-riddled streets of Athens and pray for each person involved.
“Before attending the Greece trip, I was entirely ignorant to the widespread issue that is human trafficking. I was unaware of the vast impact and the fact that this is more than just a problem elsewhere. This is, in fact, a reality in our own country. But even more than gaining a general knowledge of the industry and its effects, I gained a sense of compassion I never had before — a compassion for the victims and survivors, but also a compassion for those operating within the trade. Each individual involved is in need of salvation — physically and spiritually.
“I strongly believe that this short-term trip has entirely changed my life. I am more aware of the evil in this world, but I am also more aware of the hope that Jesus can bring to this world. Without darkness, there is no need for light, and even in those streets of Athens, I could sense the hope and restoration the Lord was bringing for these individuals.
“Without a doubt, I believe that anyone offered the opportunity to study and travel abroad ought to jump at the chance. There is something so impactful about leaving your comfort zone and learning beyond the pages in a book.
“Nothing can top a real-world experience happening right before your eyes — it can’t help but leave a lasting impression. Even now, after graduating with my bachelor’s in Psychology in December 2017, I share what I have learned with my coworkers and with my clients.”
— Hannah Marie Weiland, Mental Health Case Manager for Children, Horizon Behavioral Health
Hands and Feet Local and Domestic
Be part of the Hands and Feet Domestic Team. You can assist in humanitarian aid by offering cleanup, rebuilding, and other physical needs after a domestic disaster in the United States.
Hands and Feet International
Join the Hands and Feet International Team, and help provide global humanitarian aid by offering cleanup, rebuilding, and other physical needs after an international disaster.
Head and Heart Domestic and International
Show God’s love by listening and talking with people while allowing them time to process when you become part of the Head and Heart Team. You can share hope in despair by ministering to those psychologically and spiritually affected by traumatic disasters or crises.
LU Send traveled to California to serve victims of the deadly 2018 wildfires
“This trip to California — to work with families and Samaritan’s Purse recovering as much of their treasures and hearing their stories of survival — was an eye-opening and humbling experience. One that will not soon be forgotten. “
— Latoya S.
“Certainly a heavy trip. It wasn’t that it was strenuous physically but more so existentially because of seeing all the damage done. As we sifted through people’s lives, it was nearly impossible to not be emotionally invested in finding or retrieving their treasures — monetary or sentimental.”
— Mac C.