2014 Mission Trips Announced

CONWAY, Ark. (July 9, 2013) – The Hendrix-Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics, and Calling will sponsor three mission trips during the 2013-2014 academic year.

“The focus of our mission trips is to find places in the world where students can work alongside, and develop meaningful relationships with, members of communities in need of vital social and material resources,” said Dr. Peg Falls-Corbitt, director of the Miller Center.  “We find that through such relationships the students are led to dig deeply into the social injustices faced by these communities and to examine their own lives.  These experiences foster a journey of self-discovery and unearth deep purposes that students find guide their vocational choices in concrete ways.”

Since 2002, 485 students have participated in 47 mission trips sponsored by the Miller Center.

The 2013-2014 Mission trip destinations and descriptions include:

Dominican Republic, January 11 – 18, 2014

Beyond the front of luxury resorts along beautiful Caribbean beaches in the Dominican Republic, one finds a rural population locked in poverty.  According to the International Fund for Agricultural Development, over half of the rural population lives in poverty (http://www.ruralpovertyportal.org).  Along the country’s lower river valleys are “bateys,” or rural slum communities that develop around the sugar cane industry. Students participating in this Winter Break mission trip will work with Rivers of the World, an organization that works with local members of batey communities to combat the debilitating effects of poverty.  While our specific work is subject to change depending on the need of the area at the time we are there, anticipated projects for the mission team include helping install a water purification system and assisting with the Dominican version of a Habitat for Humanity House.  We may also help with construction for a school, church, or hospital.  The mission team will reside in a mission house a two-hour drive from Santo Domingo.  One day of the trip will be given to enjoying cultural and historical sites chosen for us by our Dominican hosts.

Seattle, Wash., March 22-28, 2014

While one may think of Seattle as the city of coffee, music, and the Space Needle, the community struggles with the persistent social issue of shelter and food insecurity for those who are displaced in society. The Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness (SKCCH) “works collaboratively to ensure safety and survival for people who are homeless, and to end the crisis of homelessness” through a ten-year plan. First United Methodist Church of Seattle has been a strong player in the efforts to reach out to the homeless in providing food, shelter, and place. The mission group will spend the week volunteering with these programs in a Community Breakfast on Sunday morning and during the evenings with displaced men in the Blaine Center. Other service projects will include focusing on the food insecure through time spent at the Northwest Harvest Food Bank. The end of week will give the team an opportunity to explore the International District, to view the sights along the Pier, and visit the Seattle Art Museum.

Kosovo, May 18-27, 2014

Since the end of Balkan Wars in 1999, more than 200,000 Kosovars have left their country in search of stability and security, most to nearby Serbia. The international community has responded by offering infrastructure, agriculture, development and education programs. In partnership with International Orthodox Christian Charities, we will spend 10 days working with local villagers to construct a youth recreation center and assist agricultural infrastructure projects (such as drainage canals and freshwater wells) in remote regions of Kosovo. The mission trip has the pledge of cooperation of His Grace Bishop Teodosije of Kosovo-Metohija, which allows visits to ancient Serbian Monasteries, including accommodations within Visoki Decani and Gracanica Monasteries, which date back to the 14th century. We will have the opportunity to learn much about the culture, history and tradition of the people of this disputed region in Southeastern Europe.

Applications for the 2013-2014 academic year trips will be available online on August 1 and due by 3:30 p.m. September 17. Accepted participants will be notified October 16.

The Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics, and Calling at Hendrix College provides resources and programming for Hendrix College students, faculty and staff to explore the work and life to which they are called, the vocation that will fulfill. For more information on the Miller Center, visit http://www.hendrix.edu/millercenter.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country’s best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, Forbes magazine's annual list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.