We’re extremely excited about our Spring Break Mission Trip to LA! With the application deadline just around the corner (Tuesday, 2/4), we thought it would be a good idea to let you read about the experience from someone who’s been.
Enter: David Perloff—a junior Civil Engineering major, and UML student athlete for the Cross Country team, who was able to participate in last year’s trip. See for yourself what David thought about his time in LA:
What initially motivated me to join the LA mission’s trip was the fact that it would feel like a getaway vacation. Before my first trip, I mainly thought about the palm trees, the warm weather, and the tourist attraction we were going to visit. When we arrived, I was really amazed by all the attractions we got to visit at night throughout the week. We got to shop around Universal CityWalk, stroll around Hollywood Boulevard, and best of all: go to Disneyland for an entire day. But even with all this, I got values out of this trip that meant much more to me than any of our times in the tourist attractions.
This trip was an incredible bonding experience. Despite the leisurely fun of touring LA, we also did activities that required a lot of teamwork. Every year, the Fellowship Church of Burbank (the church the CSF was affiliated with) had a set of tasks for us to do for the week, which included mission outreach and labor work around the church. Quite a few of those tasks had their challenges, but it encouraged us to build and encourage one another to accomplish them. And in the end, I found myself much closer to my CSF friends. I also befriended others on our team who I usually was never around.
In addition to the bonding, I received something even deeper. Perhaps the greatest value I got from this trip was seeing how God works in each individual. What made this mission trip incredibly fun was this: we were always in action and we were always together. I almost always found myself with someone, whether we were working on something, eating together, or doing an activity during free time. And during those times, I really got to see unique spiritual gifts, and qualities that were inherent in each person. Such gifts included: being willing to pray, desire to serve, communicating God’s Word effectively, etc. I myself also had other friends acknowledging me about the spiritual gifts I had, which greatly encouraged me. After this trip, I found that applying spiritual gifts into action and being around other fellow believers was what truly strengthened my relationship with God.
(Oh and if you plan to go, I also recommend you try and go for a morning run when you’re there. It’s incredible!)
Hopefully you were encouraged by David’s story. Whether you’re building, painting, sweeping, preparing food, handing out church fliers, going door to door, or encouraging the local church, there’s something for everyone and God will teach you more about himself and how to live in gospel community. There are many more students like David who have stories to share of serving Christ and His Kingdom. Join us this year and tell some stories of your own!