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Wednesday – March 26, 2014
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Seven Northern Kentucky University students and their campus pastor travelled to Biloxi, Miss., over spring break to work with the homeless.
The students are members of the Northern Kentucky Wesley Foundation, a campus ministry serving NKU. The trip was made possible in part by an NKU Legacy grant. The team worked primarily with Seashore Mission, a United Methodist mission church comprised of persons experiencing homelessness. Staffed by Rev. Judy Longo, who directs the mission, and volunteers from the homeless community, Seashore Mission opens as a day shelter three times a week to worship; serve food; and offer activities, showers, laundry service, pastoral care, and other social services.
The students cooked and served meals, cleaned, helped prepare the mission’s new facility, sorted clothing donations, shared music and laughter, and most importantly built new relationships with the people of Seashore Mission. Through these relationships, students learned about homelessness and heard personal stories and struggles about the experience of homelessness.
“The people of Seashore Mission were impressed and thankful that the NKU students decided to spend their spring break working with them as they strive to get back on their feet and make it through each day,” said David Johnston, campus pastor.
The team also spent a free day in the French Quarter of New Orleans. There they visited such sights as Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, and Café du Monde while enjoying the city's unique food and culture.
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