Tarleton students embark on City of Angels spring break mission trip

By Kasey Burgan—

Two42, a student ministry connected with the First Baptist Church in Stephenville, will be taking about 130 students and 20 adults to Los Angeles on a spring break mission trip.

The students will travel by charter buses to Los Angeles, where they will stay from March 6 to 14 during Tarleton’s week-long spring break. The group of students will offer their services to 12 different churches across the Los Angeles area and will help the ministries with tasks such as evangelizing, inviting local citizens to come to the churches they are helping and assisting with different kinds of simple construction work.

When the students aren’t working, they will stay at the Crowne Plaza Hotel for the first night. For the rest of the trip, they will stay with a host church that will feed them and provide support.

Two42 has been taking students on spring break mission trips across the United States since 2007. In the past, the group has visited New Orleans, Louisiana and Joplin, Mo.

Leah Ray, 20, and Drew Isom, 23, are university interns affiliated with Two42 and have been helping to organize almost the entire mission trip. They have also been on spring break mission trips in the past.

When asked what they hope the students will take away from the trip, Ray said, “life change.” She said she also hopes the trip will allow the students “to see the eternal need that the world has.”

All of the students going on the trip are required to be a member of a “Challenge Group,” a small group discipleship that meets weekly to learn, pray and discuss the challenges that each individual has faced during the week. Many of these students actively participate in other Bible study groups, such as Paradigm.

Among them is Amanda Cohen, a freshmen psychology student, said she is excited to go on the trip and “share the gospel with others and show some kindness to people who need it.

One of Paradigm’s pastors, Nick Cooper, who founded the Paradigm Church in Norman, Okla., plans to take another group of people to Los Angeles the week after Tarleton’s students return to help finish up the students’ work.

For more information about this mission trip, Two42, or Paradigm Bible Study, contact the First Baptist Church in Stephenville at 254-965-3187 or info@fbcstephenville.org.

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