Nicaragua Mission Trip
Exploring the GSU Campus Crusaders for Christ's mission trip to Nicaragua over Spring Break 2016
CRU's Mission to Nicaragua:
Two students from Georgia Southern CRU share their expectations and real stories before and after they visited Nicaragua.
By Caroline Hodge
Students give testimonies after trip
By Katie Tolbert
Photo Gallery from Nicaragua
Photos provided by Michala Howard
Cru's Clean Water Campaign in Popoyo, Nicaragua
Caroline Johnson was the mission trip planner to Popoyo, Nicaragua, alongside her
husband Steve Johnson with the Campus Crusaders (CRU) at Pittman Park
United Methodist Church. Caroline uses the word “Unpredictable” to describe the
mission team experience in the foreign country.
Fifty-Six students that were a part of the CRU college ministry attended the Mission trip.
Students were able to raise support from family members, friends, and social media
platforms to help raise money for their trip. “We exceeded all support that was raised”,
Caroline explained. She went further to explain how it was really cool to see students
experience a step of faith and see God provide in their lives to experience the trip.
During the trip planning and the actual trip, Caroline learned a lot about communication
because of the language barrier of English and Spanish between organization leaders
and even citizens of Nicaragua.The Cru Mission team passed out 352 filters that last
for about ten years if washed out weekly. The team also went around showing people
how the filters work and how to maintain clean water while using the filter.
This was the first time the Cru College Ministry was a part of the clean water campaign
to help supply clean water for Nicaragua. “It was a guinea pig trip and we had no idea what to expect!”
Caroline explained. The Cru leadership team paired up with Filter of Hope organization, whose mission
is to work with third world countries to help the high demand for clean water. Filter of Hope is located
primarily in Haiti and Dominican Republic. Cru was their second organization to be sent to Nicaragua
to help with the Clean Water Campaign.
Cru plans to continue their trip to Nicaragua in the Spring of 2017, in hopes to continue to make an impact in the country.
By: Sadia Yansaneh