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Carson-Newman students spend Spring Break helping others, sharing the gospel

Carson-Newman's Abigail Arnold, Hannah Treadway and Joshua Rose share a light moment while serving on a GenSend mission trip to Barcelona, Spain.

“God is at work.” That was the consensus following Carson-Newman students’ return to campus after serving on GenSend mission trips. Thirty-six students along with members of the C-N community forwent the typical college spring break trip to help those in need.

Teams traveled to Denver, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Washington, D.C. and Barcelona, Spain. From working with homeless ministries and food pantries, to serving with missionaries and church plants, students had the opportunity to share the gospel and learn through service.

The opportunity was made possible through GenSend, a program developed through the Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board to develop, support and deploy the next generation of everyday missionaries.

“Our mission teams experienced what it is like to live life on mission in a major city both in the states and internationally,” said Jeremiah Young, director of Campus Ministries. “All of our mission teams worked in partnership with local churches and ongoing ministries that participate in Kingdom work, day in and day out. Our prayer is that students would consider how to live as a world-wide servant leader for the kingdom of God wherever then end up after they graduate with a degree from Carson-Newman.”  


God is in this city, moving one by one. He is saving people from the chains of homelessness, addiction, human trafficking, loneliness, etc. I’ve gotten to see some of it first-hand this week, and I am reminded that I am in constant awe of God’s goodness in people’s lives. There are glimpses of God’s goodness everywhere here, and I know he will keep moving.

— Jazzy Sartin, C-N junior, Los Angeles trip


God blessed us with so many life-changing experiences. It was truly amazing! We had a great time helping The LoveWell Center! We got to prayer walk around Denver. We helped cleanup around the church. We had so much fun working for the Lord. It was a life-changing experience. I am so thankful God allowed me this opportunity.

— Lexi Ray, C-N junior, Denver trip


Going to Denver has taught me so much about God, people and myself. Serving refugees and their families was truly an eye-opening experience. I think it was truly the first time I realized we are all equally children of God. I couldn’t have asked to be on a better crew. Our hearts felt heavy several times throughout the week for many different reasons, but we were always reminded of the constant hope we have in Jesus.

— Alex Hurst, C-N sophomore, Denver trip

I fully anticipated to go on this trip and share the gospel every single day. I had been praying for days before this trip that my heart and mind would be where it needed to be to help lead others and to be an example of what and who Jesus is. I should’ve never even slightly doubted what the Lord would do. My perspective of showing Jesus’ love has widened so much.

— Christa Godwin, C-N sophomore, Washington D.C. trip


I am thankful for Carson-Newman University for helping make this trip possible! I am so proud of our team and am looking forward to watching our partnership with Emmanuel DC grow!

— Bryce Berry, C-N Class of 2014, Student Pastor at Arrowhead Church, Washington D.C. trip

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