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June 3, 2013

Tri-S trips help expand AU students' world view

Anderson University's Fred Shively is retiring but plans to continue leading trips

ANDERSON, Ind. — Having recently returned from his 15th mission trip to Costa Rica, Fred Shively has now completed 71 of these journeys to other parts of the world.

As a religious studies professor and director of the ministry education program at Anderson University, he has been closely tied to the Tri-S program, which offers students cultural experiences with a purpose.

“This time, we went back to a church in a suburb of San Jose where one of our groups helped start construction of the building,” Shively said. “Now it seats 400-500 people. This time, we painted iron bars that stretch around the property, and painted picnic tables.”

Nine students participated in the most recent Tri-S trip to Costa Rica. Tri-S is so named because the program encourages students to study, serve and share. Each trip connects students with a local group, so that they are working hand-in-hand with indigenous people.

“The goal is to introduce the students to the world as participants in service projects with people who live there,” Shively said. “What I see happening to the students keeps me going. For some of them, this is their first time on a service trip. For some, it’s their first time out of the country, and for some it’s their first time on an airplane. This is a life-changing experience. They work hard and learn about what the world is really like.”

Rather than being tourists trip that include four-star hotels, these missionary jaunts often have students sleeping on cots and sometimes on the ground. In this manner, they truly experience the culture.

“I didn’t really know what to expect,” said Tina Lipps, 20. “I was surprised to see the poverty. There were barbed wire and fences around every house because of the extreme poverty. I grew in my Christian walk and saw how God was working through the church there.”

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