Student Programs — Urban Involvement
What students are saying about Urban Plunge
"I went in thinking that this was an opportunity for me to be Christ to these people. What I discovered was that they had become Christ to me." — Mike
“I saw you again last night. Your head was turned and your shoulders were hunched. I walked by in all the privilege of my young strength and health and wealth, complaining of the cold … And you are still there. What has happened to you in the last month? Why in my self-centeredness do I think because you look the same that you are the same? What has happened and not happened in the last month that keeps you pacing cold streets at night and me critiquing the quality of my mattress? Who is Jesus for you?” — Bethanie
"If you are an SPU student, then I would highly encourage you to do Urban Plunge. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that Urban Plunge is the only way to attain empathy. Empathy is a key component to any surface-penetrating relationship. But often, like in my case, these relationships with people outside of my socio-economic class were difficult to form on my own volition; Urban Plunge threw me right into the middle of it."
"I don't know about you, but at 6:30 in the morning, I'm kind of a zombie. I don't make much sense, and so my whole group kind of wandered around for a half hour, stopping every once in a while to ask ‘Why are we here?’ That was a key question throughout our Plunge experience, because this probably happened about three times a day, where we wound up in a sketchy neighborhood (thanks, Katie) and had to ask ourselves how we'd gotten there." — Mike
"It wasn't just a sandwich to us. It was an acknowledgement of our existence and our importance and dignity as human beings. It was a statement that we, as human beings, deserved to eat. It was a statement that we mattered. I think that's why Liz cried. A free tuna sandwich doesn't mean much, really. But an act of love, an acknowledgement of our humanity, meant everything to us."
"Once you understand just a piece of someone’s perspective, showing mercy and loving them comes naturally. Before Plunge, this was something I knew analytically, but now it is something I know physically."
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