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Hello! Welcome to Giving Day 2019 at the Agapé Center for Service & Learning. We are excited to invite you to walk alongside us in serving communities both near and far. The Agapé Center focuses on involving students with service in local, national, and abroad settings. By serving, it is the hope that students will reconcile the love and service they see portrayed by Jesus in the Bible and that of His work in the world. Through the Agapé Center, students are able to connect with people in varying communities and gain a deeper sense of self. Locally, students pair with community partners in nearby areas like Harrisburg to serve the vulnerable populations. Nationally, there are many Spring break, Fall break, and January term break trips that go out to various cities in the U.S. like Wilmington, N.C., Washington, D.C., the Bronx, and Baltimore, MD to partner with organizations to serve the communities there.
All funds raised during Giving Day 2019 will impact our International Service-Learning Program. We will be building on the partnership with Food for the Hungry (FH) and strengthening a new relationship with Polish Christian Ministries. Please check out the video above for an in-depth look at what our International Service-Learning Programs look like in action.
Polish Christian Ministries (PCM) is a long-term organization working with short-term teams. They are committed to making Jesus known in Poland and have been doing so for over 60 years. This year students will have the opportunity to live with a host family and teach English to children and teens in local schools. Throughout this experience, students will be supporting local churches and sharing their own faith experiences with the students in Poland.
La Mina, Dominican Republic:
In La Mina, students will be supporting the Agapé Center’s long-term partnership with Food for the Hungry (FH). FH Dominican has been working to improve access to water and water infrastructure. Students will come alongside the FH staff to aid in piping, trenching, and projects to improve housing. Students will also be working with FH to lead a Vacation Bible School and participate in home visits. The focus will be on relational ministry.
Food for the Hungry Bolivia is the longest partnership that the Agapé Center has internationally. FH works to empower local leaders to meet the needs established by the community, including malnutrition, spiritual development, education, and clean water. Throughout the past few years, Messiah students and faculty have been raising money and collaborating with FH to provide microscopes, science, health, and nutrition education to professors and students in the surrounding schools. Our efforts are driven by the vision FH has established in the community and we work to support them in any way possible. Our 2018 team created science curriculum and lead a workshop in the Torotoro region and later distributed dissecting microscopes to the surrounding schools. In 2019, we will continue this initiative with compound scopes, further curriculum workshops, and water filters.
Here at the Agapé Center we believe that learning through service allows for a hands-on opportunity for students and faculty to put their faith into action. Please join us in this mission to make this opportunity available for all students across campus. Our students come from varying backgrounds with differing levels of financial availability. We need your partnership to allow every student the ability to join where God leads them.
Celebrate the Messiah tradition of service and donate today!
Video Credit: Joshua Lindquist- Bolivia Participant Alumni