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Eight Days of Hope

By   Shaun Prince
05 /11/2018

Volunteers from Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU), a Lake Region State College Club, traveled to southeast Houston over Spring Break for Eight Days of Hope XIV-XV. 

Club advisor Shaun Prince said it was an amazing fifteen days for the participants. A total of 4,692 volunteers from 48 states and seven countries served a total of 844 families. Here is what LRSC representatives and 4,600 plus friends accomplished: 

  • 410 families had their homes rebuilt with at least one project completed. Many of these families had more than one project and some had multiple projects completed. The total number of projects completed were 1,251. “The 1,251 projects are more than three times what we have accomplished in the past,” Prince said.
  • 429 families had yard work, landscaping, gutters cleaned and/or debris cleanup done on their property.
  • 137 families received free furniture and/or appliances.
  • 302,100 volunteer hours were donated pre-week(s) and during the 15 days. “When you count the volunteer hours a month prior, pre-week(s), and then during the 15 days, add the materials purchased, furniture and appliances given away - we accomplished about $10.4 million dollars of work,” Prince said.
  • Countless volunteers and homeowners made a commitment of Faith during this outreach.

Prince added that so many people in Houston could not believe that college students would CHOOSE to spend their Spring Break helping others rebuild their lives as well as their homes. 

“Our group of ten was down there for eight days.  We raked lawns, did roofing jobs (some for the first time), got dirty on demolition and community clean-up days, helped unload donated furniture and redid a community little league baseball park that had seen destruction from two past hurricanes. There is something so humbling about being a part of something so BIG!” 

“When you worship in the morning and at the end of the day with more than 3,000 people ALL there to serve God and others….it changed all of our lives forever.  We walked with people whose lives were broken and watched their hearts be filled by the hands and feet of Jesus.”