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ABILENE, Texas – McMurry University will celebrate the Easter season with a number of special events and activities through World Village and Holy Week from April 13-16. McMurry students and others will be camping out each night in the World Village at Wah Wahtaysee Park to raise funds for summer mission trips.

World Village began in 2011 when a student, Lindsey Lowry, decided to invite her friends to spend one week living in tents on Wah Wahtaysee. Called Cite’ Lespwa, which means City of Hope in Haitian Creole, the intent was to raise awareness of the plight of over 800,000 Haitians who called a simple tent home nearly one year after a devastating earthquake struck the small island nation.
Four years later, over 100 students have camped out in solidarity with the poorest of the poor across the globe, studying by flashlight, limiting how much water and food they consume, and raising nearly $10,000 to support students who travel and serve around the world each summer. This summer, students will be serving in Zimbabwe, Haiti, and India.

In the past, the Abilene community has contributed change while students panhandle on the side of the road. However, due to a new city ordinance, the only way to donate this year is online by visiting We are inviting members of the Abilene community to contribute to World Village online, or by bringing donations by Wah Wahtaysee.

This year, World Village will begin with the Third Annual Singer/Songwriter Competition from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday at Wah Wahtaysee Park. Students will participate in a 30-hour famine beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Monday. Holy Week Chapel services are at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, followed by an Easter Egg Hunt for the neighborhood and McMurry families at 5:45 p.m. World Village will conclude with Color Fest, a celebration of the vibrancy of life and human connectedness. Color Fest is based on the Indian traditional holiday called Holi. Celebrated each spring, participants celebrate new life, love, and peace by throwing colorful powder at each other.