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Three Students Who Did Not Want the Typical Spring Break

Auburn University harbors students who love to give back, whether that is to the Auburn community, in another state or out of the country.

Many students used their spring break to give back and serve people. Each person learned something different.

Abby Crosby is involved with Young Life at Auburn. She and 26 other Young Life leaders and staff members traveled to Nicaragua to work at the local Young Life camp, La Finca.

“During the week, we worked at the Young Life camp to prepare it for campers that were coming when we left,” Crosby said. “Everyone had different jobs. My job was to dig ditches on the side of the mountain lay water pumps and electricity lines then fill the ditches we dug.”

Working alongside the Nicaraguan Young Life Leaders taught her a different culture and how to work. (Photo, above/right, courtesy: Abby Crosby)

“We got to know Nicaraguan Young Life leaders and that was an incredible experience to see how they are doing the same ministry but in a different culture and country,” she said. “They live so much simpler than we live here in America, yet have so much more joy than we do.”

“I learned what work looks like the way that God intended it to look,” she said. “Work should be life-giving, refreshing, not exhausting and dreadful.”

Crosby’s advice to someone who wants to make a difference during their spring break is to go and get out of your comfort zone.

 “I wanted to spend my spring break in a way that was not about myself and my desires,” Crosby said. “Because of this trip, I have made forever friends in America and Nicaragua. My perspective has changed, and I have learned so much about myself, Jesus and others. I came back to Auburn after spring break feeling refreshed and full of life.”

Liz Phelps traveled to the Dominican Republic with Campus Crusades, also known as Cru.

“During the week, we installed water filters into the Dominicans’ buckets to purify the water and make it drinkable,” Phelps said. “We then talked to them about their lives and faith and shared the gospel.”

“In Matthew 24, it talks about our calling to spread the gospel,” she said. “As children of God and followers of Christ, we are called to spread God’s kingdom”

Phelps responded to the call to carry out practical mission work in the Dominican Republic, and through that, she grew in perspective. (Photo, left, courtesy: Liz Phelps)

“Going on this trip created a new definition of what blessed and being spirit led means to me,” she said. “One night we had worship with the translators who were traveling with us to the villages. They led worship and it went so well. The holy spirit was moving in that room.”

Phelps encourages students to go into a trip whole heartedly.

“Put your guard down and give it all you’ve got,” she said.

Jimbo Alldredge traveled with the college ministry of First Baptist Church of Opelika on their 10th annual spring break mission trip to Port St. Joe and Apalachicola, Florida.

“I had heard nothing but incredible things about the trip, and I wanted to become closer to my church body while serving others,” he said.

Alldredge was on a construction team in Apalachicola with several other students and built a wheelchair ramp for one of the locals, Ms. Bettie. (Photo, right, courtesy: Emily Clement)

“I learned lots of construction skills,” Alldredge said. “I also gained new perspectives on the daily lives of those in Apalachicola and how different their lives are from my own even though we only live four hours away.”

His experience gave him lasting memories.

“Completing the wheelchair ramp and hearing Ms. Bettie go on and on about how much she would enjoy it is one of my favorite memories,” he said.

Alldredge encourages students to find a way to serve others during their spring break whether it is through a local church or an on-campus organization traveling domestically or internationally.

“Using our time and energy to do things for others is the very best thing we can do,” he said. 

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