Christian College students volunteer locally and around the world
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[October 01, 2008]
Lincoln Christian College makes
it their mission to produce students who will "serve and lead in the
church and the world," and October is the time of year when students
start putting their skills to work with organizations needing
servants and leaders.
At the Week of E3 Fair on Thursday, LCC students will browse the
choices available for short-term mission trips. Every full-time
student at LCC participates in a Week of E3 service project every
With teams working locally, domestically and
internationally, Week of E3 literally takes LCC's students all over
the world to serve.
"This year we have trips planned for New York, Mississippi,
Thailand and Brazil," said Candra Landers, who oversees the
administration of these trips. "But many students will stay closer
to home and serve in churches, the YMCA, area nursing homes or
Most trips will take place the week before Easter, but making
trip choices now gives students time to prepare.
"There is much preparation that goes into these trips," Landers
said. "Students often need to conduct research about the needs of
the people they are serving, plan projects and gather supplies, and
save/raise funds for their expenses."
On Oct. 9, service organizations from 11 states will gather at
Lincoln Christian College seeking college students to volunteer in
their work, and students will meet the representatives looking for
interns and volunteers. This Internship & Service Learning Fair will
be from 2:30 to 5 p.m. in the Laughlin Center.
After last year's fair, Matthew Rogers of the Christian Church of
Clarendon Hills described it as "a fantastic event."
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"We made great contacts with students," Rogers said. "Because of
the fair, and who we met, we may offer three or four internships in
2008, instead of just the two we had planned for."
Lincoln Christian College places a high value on serving as part
of a successful education, realizing that not all learning takes
place in the classroom. LCC students value the lessons learned
through their volunteer efforts. Graduating seniors have counted
their service as critical building blocks in their development,
making comments such as: "It has taught me things that (I) cannot
learn in the classroom"; and "Ultimately, you learn best by doing.
... The internship has been the most valuable experience I have had
Organizations interested in appearing at the Internship & Service
Learning Fair at Lincoln Christian College should contact Kathy
Johnson, internship coordinator, at 217-732-3168 or
[Text from file received from
Christian College and Seminary]