Japan Urban Food Project
For the second year, Baylor Missions will be sending a group of 9 students and 2 faculty members to Japan for their spring break! On this mission trip, Baylor students will have the chance to partner with Japanese college students from Seinan Gakuin University & Hosei University to volunteer at Kodomo Shokudo, a free meal service for underserved children and youth or elderly, and the disabled, that the organizations that run the services throughout the country. This life changing opportunity will expose our students to a new culture, and how these feeding programs are helping Japan create a more inclusive community for the underserved.
Students will also work with the Japanese students to plan activities for cultural exchange and to help with tutoring in addition to cooking, serving, and cleaning. Students will be able to compare how Japan responds to this social issue to how America does and to learn different perspectives from Japanese college students by working collaboratively. Japanese Kodomo Shokudo, free meal service to children in poverty, is more inclusive and aims to build community by bringing college students as tutors, opening it up to single parents to offer a support network and to elderly to provide opportunities to socialize with a younger generation. Students will have a chance to learn about this model first-hand.
The hope of this trip is that students will be able to gain more diverse perspectives on how to face the hunger issues in the developed countries through collaborating with Japanese college students, while also sharing their talents, stories, and faith with the underserved that they will meet throughout the mission trip.