by Brock Lockenour, correspondent
Moody might have two weeks of spring break, but not all students take that time to take a break. Each year, the PCM department organizes several trips abroad to provide missions-minded students with the opportunity to serve. This year, students on one of the two-week trips visited the Philippines.
Earlier on the trip, the team worked with missionary Mark McDowell at his basketball ministry in Metro Manila. Sophomore Kaleigh Krause, who had never visited the Philippines before, was able to use her basketball experience to share the gospel with a group of 13-year-old girls.
“I could see their eyes light up, and their minds working through the truth they were being told,” Krause said. “It was amazing to see them so engaged and really wanting a personal relationship with Jesus. I was able to pray with them as they surrendered their lives to the Lord.”
During the second week the team worked at a retreat center with the organization Samaritana, ministering to women in the sex trade.
Senior Ashley Gamboa is a two-time veteran of the trip to the Philippines, but didn’t expect to return this year. “I ended up on this trip once again and all my questions as to why I came were answered,” she said. She says the reason she returned was to work with the women in Samaritana.
“I won’t forget laughing with the women on retreat.” she said. “Despite the circumstances of these women and their daily jobs working in the streets and the bars, they were truly experiencing joy that could only come from Christ.”
Though not every day was easy, such as days with 10-hour van rides, the group served abroad until the Saturday night before break ended. Though going on the trip took a lot of effort, Gamboa encourages anyone thinking through a PCM trip to heavily consider the option. “It may be discouraging trying to raise support while also trying to keep up with schoolwork, being social, PCM, and whatnot,” she said, “but God will provide the funds if it’s truly meant for you to go.”