Concord University students spend spring break on mission


Top row, l-r: Trey Snidow, Erin McGrady, Rev. David Johnston; middle row, l-r: Savannah Greene, Joe Parker, Gavin Brandenburg, John Raimer; bottom row, l-r: Elizabeth Muldoon, Duy Le

Concord University’s Vine & Branches Campus Ministry sent its first service mission team to Swan Quarter, NC, to work on a hurricane damaged home during the school’s spring break in March.

Six Concord University students, along with the pastor and two members of Concord United Methodist Church, spent the week doing interior finish work on a home damaged by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. The home is owned by a 95 year-old resident who is eager to return.

When asked why he gave up his spring break to do service work, Concord freshman Gavin Brandenburg said, “Some people were baffled by my choice, but knowing that I have helped a man get closer to getting back home is recharging enough.”

Students learned new skills such as cutting and hanging drywall, mudding, and caulking in order to restore the home.

“I am so proud of these students who are willing to give up their spring break,” said Rev. David Johnston, who is pastor of Vine & Branches Campus Ministry and Concord United Methodist Church, “They have really come together as a team and done excellent work to serve others.”