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.
Since 2015, faculty, staff, and students have traveled to provide:
Fire damage relief to California
Flooding relief in Nebraska
Relief from tornado damage in Alabama
Flooding relief to Tulsa, Oklahoma
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
Liberty students assist in the aftermath of severe flooding in Nebraska.
LU Serve Now mobilizes and trains students to meet immediate relief needs around the world.
As the humanitarian relief arm of the university, LU Serve Now is committed to serving the physical and spiritual needs of those who have experienced an unexpected disaster.
LU Serve Now mobilizes students quickly and empowers them as relief workers when catastrophes arise. Trip costs are covered by the university.
LU Serve 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.
“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 Serve Now
How Can Your Degree Make a Difference in the Real World?
Liberty students are using their skill sets to make an impact across the globe
As Christians, we understand the importance of using every profession to build God’s Kingdom. That’s why courses are taught from a biblical worldview, professors see themselves as mentors, and learning opportunities span the globe.
Psychology, social work, and counseling faculty and students regularly travel to Greece, Spain, Rwanda, Nepal, India, China, Moldova, Portugal, Ecuador, and other areas to provide and train others in trauma care and counseling for human-trafficking and sex-trafficking victims.*
The trauma training that graduate counseling student Megan R. practiced in Greece not only prepared her to get a job in Las Vegas helping victims of sex abuse and trafficking — but also positioned her to provide emergency grief and trauma counseling to those affected by the 2017 Las Vegas shooting.
*Teams also participate in reconciliation and forgiveness facilitation and provide care and counseling in refugee camps.
“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