Athletic mission teams gear up to serve this spring break
Thursday, March 14, 2019
By Christopher Klotz
Athletic mission teams gear up to serve this spring break

This spring break, March 18-22, Lipscomb Athletic Missions is sending two teams to serve on mission trips, one abroad in El Salvador, and the other, right here in Nashville. 

For the seventh consecutive year, the women’s soccer team will partner with Sports Outreach Institute to serve the Nuevo Cuscatlan community through soccer clinics, various outreach projects and VBS classes, March 15-22. Junior student-leader Olivia Doak has participated in the El Salvador mission trip for the past three years and says she is very excited to return to her home-away-from-home. “The first time I went to El Salvador, The Lord revealed so many aspects of His love for me, and that has changed the trajectory of my life,” said Doak. “I’m excited to be reunited with my friends and family there, and mostly for my new teammates to experience this incredible place. It’s an awesome way to really use our gifts and passions for soccer as such a sweet platform to share the love of Jesus!”

Freshman Madison Shea will also head to El Salvador for her first time and says she can’t wait to serve alongside her fellow teammates. “Every day I get the chance to see my teammates on the soccer field or in the classroom, but this coming week I get the chance to see everyone in a new setting and I couldn’t be more excited,” said Shea. “I’m looking forward to meeting the best version of each of these girls and see how they utilize their strengths through service.”

From March 15-18, another group of student-athletes will spend a portion of their spring break serving in their own backyard in Nashville, serving local refugee families as well as working within an inner-city school. Senior Jared Peters is a student-leader for the trip and says he loves the opportunity to serve and love his neighbors in Nashville.  “Nashville has been my home for the last four years,” said Peters. “Often times we go to other places and do mission work, but I enjoy serving in the community I’m around all year. I’m excited for this mission trip because we will be serving and building deeper relationships in different communities close to Lipscomb. Instead of leaving a community that’s far away, and not returning until a year later, we are opening the door for people to be consistent in the lives of those around them. I’m excited to help people I’ve met over the last couple of years and bring my friends into those relationships.”

Follow lipscombsports.com for more information and daily recaps as these two groups join in on what God is doing in El Salvador and in Nashville. 

If you would like to learn more about international and domestic trips, or get involved in local service opportunities this summer, please contact Chris Klotz at cpklotz@lipscomb.edu.