Union College students spread mission of college during Spring Break

Published on
May 04, 2015

Union College students spread mission of college during Spring Break Not all spring break stories begin with tales of illicit behavior. The Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church is highlighting the work college students took part in as part of the 2015 Alternative Spring Break Program. Union College was one of the schools featured.

“There is a time where students grow deeper in their faith often discovering a call to serve fulltime, an opportunity to develop their leadership skills and a chance to be sent to be the hands and feet of Christ,” the news brief on kyumc.org states.

The Union College spring break trip centered around seven students engaged in service in Nashville. The group included graduating senior Joseph Brown, who served as logistics manager and Jacqueline Bengie, a graduating senior that served the group as project manager. Brown has led Union mission work for the last four years and Bengie has been deeply involved for the last three years.

The Union team was hosted by the Bethel Church of the Nazarene, where they slept on the floors of the Sunday School and used the church kitchen to prepare their own meals. The Union students provided service at several locations throughout Nashville feeding and providing worship services for the homeless people, helping a hospice with a program honoring veterans, working in a clothing warehouse of a rescue mission and sorting donations at a food pantry.

At one point during the week-long spring break, the students were joined in Nashville by an Union alum and a retired United Methodist minister, Joe Beavon.

To learn more about Alternative Spring Break programs at other United Methodist affiliated colleges, please visit: http://www.kyumc.org/news/detail/1400?utm_source=May2015