|PBA students in Albania take a break with youth during soccer camp.|
A group of Palm Beach Atlantic University students set out on an international journey earlier this month that has taken them to Albania and eventually will lead them to London during the Olympics.
Another team is in the midst of a three-month, five-country trek across southern Africa, the longest trip ever organized through Campus Ministries. Both teams are expected to return in early August.
The 10-member Albania-United Kingdom team includes students and recent graduates who are helping to put on street festivals and participating in outreach activities.
In Albania, one of the group’s first activities was to assist with a soccer camp for children. The students said they were looking forward to interacting with people of all ages in the coming weeks.
“I’m getting really excited about that what we’re going to be doing here, working and doing the festivals,” said Karla LaMotta, a biology major who is co-leader of the team. “I’m really excited for that and what God’s going to do through us during this week that we’re here, and also once we go to London and break up into our smaller groups. I’m excited for that and to see how God’s going to use us to be of service to the people there.”
The team will travel to London before the July 27 opening ceremonies, where they will work with a partner organization to put on community festivals and youth cafes. Afterward they will travel to other parts of the U.K. to do similar activities.
In southern Africa, PBA students have also been working with a partner organization Operation Mobilization to do outreach efforts in villages and towns in such countries as Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania.
The trip has been chronicled through social media, and recent PBA graduate Johnny Hedger has provided team updates to prayer supporters.
This trip has been like none other in my life, and each new place we go, we learn something new and discover a different part of ourselves,” wrote Hedger, the team’s co-leader.
The team members are planning to take part in an upcoming regional conference in Zambia before they depart for home. The three-day international conference will include teaching, workshops and networking opportunities.