Students Travel Globe to Serve Others

PBA students serve others in Mexico.

PBA students travel to Mexico

in Spring 2017 to serve others.

Throughout the course of spring and summer semesters, more than 200 Palm Beach Atlantic University students are traveling all over the world to build relationships and serve others through mission trips. 

In addition to the seven trips taken in spring, there are six trips during the summer to places such as South Africa, Finland, Germany, Belgium and Greece. 

Claryce Gedde, a senior biology major from Granger, Indiana, is a leader of the eight-member team to Athens and is excited about the structure of this trip and its flexibility. 

"I think I'm excited about the very 'go with the flow' aspect to this trip," Gedde said. "We are readily available to do what needs to be done and I believe that increases our bonding with not only the people there, but our team as well."

The three-and-a-half week trip will include working with Syrian refugee children and setting up fun activities including soccer games and festivals. The second half of the trip will also include a pilgrimage portion, where students can reflect and pray about the work they have done. 

Isaac Miles, a sophomore marketing major from Kannapolic, North Carolina, is excited to serve the Lord on his first mission trip. 

"I'm trying to go in with no expectations," Miles said. "I'm just going to listen to what God is telling me what to do." 

The trip to Greece is in conjunction with Fusion International. Fusion Y&C UK is part of an international movement with local Fusion teams in 15 countries. From its beginnings Fusion has sought to find relevant responses to the needs of young people they worked with, which has resulted in a high value placed on innovation and creativity in connecting, mentoring, and social action.