54 Waynesburg students to start Summer Break with service

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When the spring semester ends for Waynesburg University, 54 students will kick off their summer with Faith, Learning and Service Immersion Trips to five different international and domestic locations.

Students will travel to Detroit, Michigan; the Dominican Republic; Patzun, Guatemala; Taipei, Taiwan; and Tuba City, Arizona.

Wildwood Ranch (Detroit Rescue Mission) – Detroit, Michigan

The Lamplighters Touring Choir will serve in Detroit, Michigan, from Monday, May 1, through Sunday, May 7. Twelve University students in the choir will work with Wildwood Ranch, a retreat center run by the Detroit Rescue Mission, completing improvement projects to help the facility get ready for children’s Christian camps happening in June
The group will be led by Melanie Catana, director of choral music, who believes the trip will be an opportunity for students to find common ground with marginalized populations and help others know God.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes – Dominican Republic

From Monday, May 1, through Monday, May 8, a group of 11 Waynesburg University students representing the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) will travel to the Dominican Republic to work with the FCA there. The group will be led by men’s head soccer coach Bradley Heethuis and graduate assistant Jacob Fleegle.

The students will serve in whatever ways they can, including running a sports camp, teaching local children and engaging in construction work. Heethuis said he hopes the University students share God’s love through all the ways that they serve.

Centro Nutricional y Hogar de Niños – Patzun, Guatemala

Associate Dean of Students Pat Bristor and graduate assistant Ryan Smith will lead 14 students on a trip to a children’s nutrition center in Patzun, Guatemala, from Monday, May 1, to Sunday, May 14.

The University has been traveling to Guatemala for nearly 15 years, and this year’s group will continue to work with children at the center and help the center with various maintenance projects. The group is also taking with them new laptop computers acquired through fundraising efforts by the students going on the trip to provide upgrades to the computer lab where children at the center do their school work.

Christ’s College – Taipei, Taiwan

A group of eight Waynesburg students will spend three weeks in Taipei, Taiwan, working and serving with students at Christ’s College. From Monday, May 1, through Sunday, May 21, the students will assist with Christian programming in elementary schools and churches and will also spend time learning about Christ’s College and about the culture and history of Taiwan.

The students will be led by Richard Blake, professor and librarian IV, and co-leader Sandy Chen-Blake.

“They will return having made new international friends and a sense for how others do mission in a country that is only five percent Christian,” said Blake.

Tuba City Boarding School – Tuba City, Arizona

Nine University students will serve at the Tuba City Boarding School in Arizona from Monday, May 1, through Monday, May 8. Led by Mary Hamilla, academic and major decision counselor, and Kylee Sargent, help desk coordinator, the students will serve the school in whatever ways meet its needs, which may include tutoring, maintenance or event setup.

As the group interacts with Navajo and Hopi Native Americans, Hamilla believes students will grow in their understanding of other cultures and in their ability to form bonds with one another and with those whom they serve.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu