My Perkins Spring Break!
I have mentioned before that I went on a spring break service-learning trip. The trip was my freshman year with the FIRST Perkins Fellows cohort. My group got the chance to serve and learn from the community of West Jackson, Mississippi. At that time, our main base was Spencer Perkins Center. SPC was the community partnership of West Jackson after the works of Spencer Perkins and of course John M. Perkins. The center focuses on youth, community development and spreading the LOVE of Jesus Christ. The center trains and uses community leaders to help rebuild West Jackson. Through the center and people who come to the center for mission trips, everyone takes the baby steps that push forward, bettering the people and the community.
The ride was 13 hours of driving with a couple stops for meals and stretch breaks. During the ride, we slept, talked and even played games to enjoy each other's company. We arrived around 9 p.m. in West Jackson. Once we got to SPC, we had time to settle in and hang out.
During the week, we worked with SPC to figure out what work needed to be done. We also got the chance to listen to the people in the community in regards to the needs of the community. It helped us realize that every community that is failing or falling has something great to offer and only is a matter of focusing and empowering the strong leadership and qualities. We have a responsibility to build up these communities rather than letting them fail. The reality of it: communities do fail, but we have an opportunity to make those communities better. If we do that, we can challenge each other to be build better community and bridge communities together!