Gregory Swinney, CSF statewide director, 308.234-3922

Spring break for college students is often thought of as a time of sun and fun for thousands of students who bask on the beaches of Florida and Texas.
For 54 University of Nebraska at Kearney students and their sponsors from Christian Student Fellowship, a UNK student organization, the week will be quite different. They will travel 2,400 miles to Sabinas, Mexico, during spring break, March 14 – 22, to offer encouragement and relief for the poor in Mexican villages in this economically stricken area.
This spring marks the 17th consecutive year CSF has taken university students to Mexico during spring break, which brings the total number of students who have been involved over the years to more than 1,200.
As has been true in the past, this year the students will carry out construction projects, distribute relief supplies, teach English as a second language and assist Mexican nationals at a church in an area 80 miles across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas. CSF students will also lead worship services and an afternoon Bible story time for children in churches in this area. A highlight of the week for the Mexican children in the area will be a neighborhood carnival the UNK students will host.
What motivates university students to give up their spring break rest, or money-making opportunities, to sleep on a dusty church floor, eat cold food and work long hours in the hot Mexican sun?
One student, Allston Marble, a UNK senior from Grand Island, said: “This trip gives college students like me an opportunity to show Christ’s love to others that are in need. The experience of this mission effort gives me a new perspective and changes the way I live my day- to-day life.”
The total cost for the entire group, including travel costs and building materials for construction projects, for the trip is more than $19,000.
“The students raise that entire amount,” according to Gregory Swinney, CSF statewide director. Between $7,000 – $9,000 of that amount will be used to purchase building materials for the construction projects.
“Kearney area businesses and individuals are assisting in sponsoring the trip by donating food, clothing, transportation assistance, tents, toys and water,” Swinney said.
Those participating in the trip, listed alphabetically by hometown, include:

First Name    Last Name    Hometown
Krystal    Knouf    Agra, Kansas
Nicole    Haskett    Agra, Kansas
Anna    Salomon    Alliance
Kenna    Johnson    Ansley
Stacy    Hartwig    Archer
Kerri    Coleman    Arnold
Jonathan    Miller    Broken Bow
Jonathan    Dearmont    Burwell
Danica    Woods    Central City
Carrie    Miller    Doniphan
Daniel    Butterfield    Gothenburg
Bradley    Green    Grand Island
Astrid    Garcia Waleska    Grand Island
Allston    Marble    Grand Island
Sarah    Singkofer    Grand Island
Tessa    Mills    Greenwood
Kristen    Horton    Hastings
Cristianne    Palmer    Hastings
Hannah    Jensen    Holdrege
Katrina    Jensen    Holdrege
Nicci    Horton    Houston
Ashley    Colburn    Juniata
Sara    Slingsby    Kearney
Rebecca    Weinberg    Kearney
Gregory    Swinney    Kearney
Roni    Wymore    Kearney
Ron    Wymore    Kearney
Jeremy    Wilke    Kearney
Andrew    Loseke    Kearney
Rachel    Charley    Kearney
Sandra    Anthony    Kearney
Jessica    Feese    Kearney
Marc    Penny    Kearney
Nathan    Swinney    Kearney
Wilfredo    Cabrera    Lexington
Kyle    Dellevoet    Lincoln
Andy    McLaughlin    Lincoln
Meagan    Smedjir    Lincoln
Ashlie    Zulkoski    Lincoln
Patrick    McLaughlin    Lincoln
Gerald    Arnold Jr    Litchfield
Alicia    Virgl    Mead
Rachel    Glenn    Mead
Kendra    Larsen    Milford
Jennifer    Hanson    North Platte
Joyce    Carhart    North Platte
Bill    Carhart    North Platte
Lindsey    Hackel    Omaha
Elizabeth    Swinney    Omaha
Eizabeth    Petto    Omaha
Brigim    Hackel    Ord
Stacie    Williams    Phillips
Anthony    Grimes    Ravenna
Susi    Miguel    Wenatchee, WA