Mission work ranges from one’s own backyard to the farthest country from Palm Beach Atlantic’s downtown West Palm Beach campus. So when the opportunity to serve on overseas mission trips came, more than 40 students seized it.
Through the Campus Ministries and Missions department, students can choose to attend a variety of annual mission trips to serve various local communities. This year, students on the short-term spring break trips will journey to the Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Guyana and Panama. In these different countries, student-led groups will partner with local churches as well as non-profit mission and outreach organizations.
“I’m excited for everyone to reach out to the people on the margins and build bridges with ostracized groups,” said Mark Kaprive, director of the department. “We have a lot of great partner organizations. It’ll be great for our teams to speak dignity, worth, value and hope to orphans, forgotten villages and people on the margins.”
Much of the work on the week-long trips focuses on outreach to youth and marginalized group through sports and music camps, light construction, medical clinics and more. During this time, the teams build relationships with the surrounding community.
- Bahamas Global Project – Students will serve groups of Haitian refugees and other displaced groups through relationship building and work with a local church in youth outreach and discipleship, children’s ministry and sports activities. They’ll be partnering with Living Stone Ministries and IsleGo in North Eleuthera, Bahamas.
- Bolivia Global Project – Partnering with representatives from Children’s Impact Network, an organization that rescues abandoned and abused children, students will minister to children and participate in youth outreach through tutoring, sports, and basic construction and maintenance projects at a CIN Life Center in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
- Brazil, Manaus Global Project – Students will journey down the Amazon River by boat and work alongside medical staff and representatives from IsleGo, a short term missions organization with a focus on Latin American and Caribbean countries. Students will hand out medical supplies, conduct outreach programs, do home visits and provide medical clinics to various villages in Manaus, Brazil.
- Guyana Global Project – Working with local churches and an organization called Love Missions, students will help raise awareness of human trafficking, and participate in youth outreach through musical activities, healthcare and more in Corriverton, Guyana. Love Missions aims to share the gospel and empower individuals by providing for their basic needs.
- Panama Global Project – Students will participate with inner-city, small town and tribal partners of Sport X Change International, an organization that evangelizes and disciples through short terms missions with sports, drama and other platforms. They will join in reaching youth in schools, churches, prisons and orphanages and participate in various service work in Panama City, Panama.
Additionally, a group of students will participate in the Urban Immersion Spring Break trip with Workship in partnership with Bow Down Church and Urban Youth Impact. For more information about PBA mission trips, visit www.pba.edu/student-ministries-and-missions.