COLUMBUS-- Blair Stuthman left for her Spring Break vacation this week. This is not out of the ordinary for any college student, but Stuthman isn’t going to be spending her week enjoying the breeze along the coast.
The Wayne State freshman will spend this Spring Break tending to the homeless on the streets of Denver.
Stuthman is certainly no stranger to the missionary life, but says this trip will be much different.
“I’ve gone on about five mission trips so far, but none are like this,” she said. “I’ve cleaned cemeteries and hung out with local kids to just give them someone to talk to and some encouragement.”
The special education/elementary education major has previously ventured to Chicago, Boston and twice to Winnebago to volunteer her time and to spread the gospel of Christ.
This time, she will be working with a group called, “Christ in the City”, an organization that caters to a special group of people.
“What we’re going to be doing is going into the streets every day and kind of just talking to the homeless and caring for them in any way we can,” Stuthman said. “It’s important that they know they have someone to talk to. And that’s what we’re going to do.”
“Christ in the City” prefers not to call the homeless by this name. The organization refers to them as “friends in the street”.
The desire to help those in need, Stuthman said, stems from a particular Bible verse that adheres to the same qualities.
“The verse says, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me,’" she explained. “I think the best way I can live that is to go on mission trips.”
One hope for the future Stuthman has is to expand her horizons with mission work.
“I really want to be an adult leader one day,” Stuthman said. “I’ve wanted to go out of the country for the work, but I just can’t do that yet, what with school and everything. But one day I want to spend an entire year with ‘Christ in the City’ and do it full time.”
The Lakeview alumni understands that she has her “whole life ahead of (her)”.
“I will go anywhere that God wants me to go,” she said. “I will let the Holy Spirit be the guide.”