A group of Trinity students prepared for a surprise birthday party they were holding for Annette. They felt it was the least they could do after she had invited all 12 of them over for dinner--multiple times. It was impossible to believe they had only met this woman a few days ago.
Annette was just one of the people who Trinity students helped while on a spring break service project. The team of 32 drove nearly 1,000 miles to Swan Quarter, North Carolina, and spent their spring break helping repair damage after Hurricane Irene, which hit the East Coast in August 2011.The team was the largest group Trinity has ever had for a spring break service trip.
“I went into the trip hoping to peer into the community and set a vision of what Christians should look like outwardly,” said Service Committee President Eric Robbert ’13 of LaGrange, Illinois. “I would say we were incredibly impactful in promoting a servant-like attitude in the Trinity community.”
The students worked with the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee and spent the time there removing shingles from houses, re-painting a historic church, and tearing down rotted decks, ceilings, and insulation.
Aside from the work, students spent time doing devotions, attending the local church, playing games, and visiting the nearby beach on Ocracoke Island. Through these activities, students said they became very close.
“We were in awe of how close the group grew simply by the middle of the week,” said Megan Regalado ’13 of Glendora, California. “We have been intentionally praying that we continue the relationships while at Trinity.”