Club Seeks Volunteers for Local Mission Work

Evelyn Rubio and Isai Ramirez volunteer their time at Adventist Community Services in Keene.

Evelyn Rubio and Isai Ramirez volunteer their time at Adventist Community Services in Keene.

Southwestern’s Missions Club prepared “care kits” yesterday at Adventist Community Services’ Disaster Relief Depot in Keene.

This was the first of many volunteer opportunities to be offered by the Missions Club. The club wants students to learn that mission work is more than just travel to needy countries. It’s a mindset for home and abroad.

“Mission work changed my life,” says Evelyn Rubio, Missions Club vice president. “I’ve never gone on a mission trip, but helping in the community teaches me to see life differently. It makes me want to help people more.”

Adventist Community Services (ACS) packages items to help in a disaster, whether it is a house fire or a hurricane. The Missions Club will help at the ACS depot twice a month. They will volunteer on Feb. 10 and 24. It’s an all-day event, with students invited to come whenever they can.

Yesterday they prepared “care kits.” A “care kit” is a bundle of bathroom toiletries wrapped up in a towel. They are designed to be passed out in disaster situations.

“We heard the depot needed a lot of help, so we decided to do what we could,” says Rubio. The club is hoping other students will be willing to help as well.

“We want students to know how to be a student missionary both locally and abroad,” says Isai Ramirez, club president. “It not only makes a difference in the lives of others, but also yourself.”

Last semester the club volunteered at nursing homes, homeless shelters, food drives, foster care and Meals On Wheels. They’re looking for more ways to help in the community to raise awareness and support for missions.

According to the club, the key to mission work is not necessarily travel or long-term commitment. The key to mission work is Christ.

“In everything we do we must have Christ at the center,” says Rubio. “This is especially true in mission work.”

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