Spring Break is notorious for self-indulgence, over-indulgence and immediate gratification. (Trust me, the scene gets worse every year! But that’s a different post.) But one of the bright spots all month long involves students taking an hour or so to assemble a nutrient-rich, “just-add-boiling-water” casserole-ish mix for the people of Haiti.
Every week of March, during Spring Break, the Campus Ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ hosts a conference for our involved-students called Big Break. This year, in addition to talking about life in Christ with other students partying on the beach, the conference students will invite others to join them in humanitarian aid relief.
Partnering with GAiN, CCC’s global relief aid arm, the goal is to assemble 1 million meals during all four of March’s spring break weeks in Panama City Beach, FL. At the time of the earthquake, GAiN had 1 million meals pre-positioned in Haiti in case of a catastrophic event. They assumed that would be a hurricane, not an earthquake.
When Mike and I were in Panama City Beach last week, we spent two afternoons with the students packing meals. I was in tears the first day as I imagined the hope and relief these small packages of soy, rice, dehydrated vegetables and chicken flavoring would bring. The tears kept coming when I noticed students writing prayers, Bible verses and other words of encouragement on the outside of the shipping boxes!
After the conference, the pallets of food will be loaded on to a ship, then sent directly to Haiti. The students packed over 157,000 meals in three hours! We’re well on our way to the goal of 1 million meals!