Local Northwestern student to serve over spring break

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Clayton Ehlers, a student at Northwestern College in Orange City, is among 171 students who will travel across the United States and overseas for the college’s annual Spring Service Projects (SSP) March 4–13.

This year’s teams will serve at 12 sites. International destinations include Ireland, the Netherlands and Nicaragua. In Ireland, students will partner with Dublin Christian Mission, a ministry that works with people who are homeless. In Amsterdam, students will live and work at two Christian youth hostels, sharing their faith with guests from around the world, while those in Nicaragua will do construction work, distribute food and help lead a vacation Bible school in the impoverished area of Bluefields.

Teams in the U.S. will travel to Minnesota, California and throughout the South. A new U.S. partner for Northwestern College is Youthfront in Kansas City, Kan. Students on that SSP team will provide manual labor for Youthfront’s summer camp outside the city, do after-school tutoring, and participate in a feeding ministry at a local park.

In Minnesota, students will help plan and implement a snow camp as part of a youth ministry outreach on the Grand Portage Indian Reservation and across the border in Thunder Bay, Ontario. In California, Northwestern’s SSP team will partner with Emmanuel Reformed Church in Paramount to paint homes, provide manual labor and build relationships in the community of Compton.

Additional U.S. service opportunities include construction, home repair and painting in Annville, Ky.; after-school programs and construction projects in New Orleans; and construction, tutoring and community cleanup in Opelousas, La.

Still other Northwestern students will assist with after-school programs, home visits and a thrift store in Cary, Miss.; volunteer in local schools and after-school programs in Jacksonville, Fla.; and serve with a ministry to ex-prisoners in Lindale, Texas.

Ehlers is a junior and Christian education/youth ministry major at Northwestern College. He is serving with the Coldwater Foundation and Mount Rose Church in Grand Marais, Minn. Ehlers is the son of Fred Ehlers of Albert City.

Spring Service Project members raise their own travel funds through their individual families, friends and churches and also through fundraisers on campus and in the community.