LCM students delivering an abundance of food donations to the University of Arizona Camous Pantry in March 2023

Community Service and International Mission Trips

  • During Fall and Spring semesters, LCM students engage in community service opportunities such as Habitat for Humanity, Casa Maria Soup Kitchen, Humane Society, and Tucson Food Bank. Usually one per month, on a Saturday morning. 
    We strive to create international Spring Break trips that serve our international community and help us learn how our faith intersects with other cultures. These trips typically have a “prepare/learn + travel/experience + reflect/share” model. Our trips have 3 parts: First, we have 6-8 prep meetings where we bond as a group and learn about the region we are visiting. We then travel and experience new cultures up close as we explore new places and learn from local organizations and people. Finally, we return from our trip and reflect on our experiences. 

Why go on these international trips?

Aldous Huxley wrote: “to travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” We try to be hosted by local people as much as possible, in order for us to be able to see their country/religion/life/land through their eyes. These trips become an important part of the college experience. Hope you can participate! We try to keep the costs as affordable for students as possible. 

We are thankful that we were awarded a Campus Ministry Theological Exploration of Vocation grant from the Lilly Foundation which significantly underwrites these trips from 2015-2024. 


LCM Spring Break trips:   

2023 – Northern Ireland (Dublin, Belfast, Corrymeela, learning about The Troubles with the theme “Borders and Belonging”)

2018 – Germany (Martin Luther/Reformation sites, Berlin, Buchenwald Nazi Death Camp, German history and culture, and more.) 

2016 – Thailand (inter-faith and inter-cultural trip engagement with Buddhism and Islam).  

2015 – Juarez, Mexico (under the guidance of Casas por Cristo we constructed/ donated a 11′ x 22′ two room house for a family – Reuben, Luci, Carlos – including raising $5,000 for the construction materials. 

2014 – Haiti (our hearts and faith were stretched as we cared for severely handicapped children at St. Joseph’s Orphanage

2012 – Palestine/Israel (explored biblical sites in Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Jordan River, Bethlehem, the Dead Sea, Jerusalem. Interacted with Palestinian Christians to gain insight into current political struggles.   

2010 – Germany (explored sites connected with Martin Luther and the 16th Century Reformation – Eisleben, Erfurt, Wittenberg, Wartburg Castle. Toured Buchenwald Nazi concentration/death camp. 

2007 – Guatemala (construction project in Guatemala City). 

2005 – Costa Rica (construction project at a camp for Nicaraguan refugees working in the banana industry). 

2003 – Panama (construction project building a Church building).