Marion resident to spend spring break on service trip

By Sarah Vander Plaats

Dordt College

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa — Lauren Eisenga of Marion is one of more than 110 students from Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, spending spring break doing service projects throughout the U.S.

Eisenga is a freshman majoring in elementary education. She is traveling with a group of students to Mendenhall, Miss.

As part of an ongoing desire to make service a part of everyday life, the students chose to participate in a week-long mission trip with PLIA (Putting Love Into Action). On March 7, students traveled to one of the following locations: Argentine, Kan., Atlanta, Ga., Cary, Miss., Chicago, Ill., Cincinnati, Ohio, Colorado City, Ariz., Colorado Springs, Colo., Denver, Colo., Houston, Texas, Inez, Ky., Neon, Ky., New Orleans, La., Mendenhall, Miss., and Shiprock, N.M.

At the sites, students will perform a wide variety of jobs, including home repair and painting, cleanup of center grounds or facilities, and childcare or teaching. They also cultivate long-term relationships between Dordt and the organization the group is serving. While on the trip, groups also typically spend some time on recreation and sightseeing.

Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, is a comprehensive Christian college rooted in the reformed tradition, and is home to approximately 1,400 students.

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