Service Remains at the Core of Pfeiffer Experience
Pfeiffer University prides itself on its strong commitment to servant leadership and learning. Throughout the year, students are exposed to service in the classroom, through the Francis Center for Student Leadership and through Pfeiffer-led service opportunities during fall and spring breaks.
In March, Pfeiffer provided opportunities for students to travel abroad and serve others in Guatemala and Nicaragua. In Guatemala, a team of 20 people constructed the foundation of the National Primitive Evangelical Methodist Church of Guatemala in the Xebaj Segundo community, a small mountain community that was devastated by landslides caused by hurricane Stan in 2005. This church, when complete, will be one of two protestant churches in the community.
The service trip to Nicaragua was led by Ben Devoid, father of Pfeiffer graduate Alex Devoid. Students on this trip worked to construct a school in Matagalpa, a land bank project of Ación Medica Cristiana of Managua, a Christian organization that implements health and devleopment in impoverished regions. Participants on this trip contributed approximately 150 service hours to the school construction.
For freshman Lauren Barnes, helping to construct the church in Guatemala was the most rewarding experience of the trip.
“I enjoyed doing something for the people of Xebaj that they could not do themselves. They needed our help to build the foundation of the church and those working on this project were able to come together for one common purpose.”
Photo Caption: Pfeiffer students stand together at the construction site of the new church. They are Dionicio Anjanel, Carrie Walker, Travis Smith, Vera Defusco, Morgan Barnes, Ann Henderson and Samantha Manness. They are joined by Dana McKim, minister to the university.