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ABILENE, Texas – McMurry University students will participate in the “One Week, One Mission, One World” 2012 World Village event at Wah Wahtaysee Park on campus from April 23-29, 2012 to raise funds for mission trips to Haiti and India this summer. In addition to the students who choose to camp out for one week, the 2012 World Village will include a worship service and guest speaker each night.

One part of the event will be the 2012 Empty Bowls project from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 27, on the corner of S. 14th and Sayles Blvd. A simple meal of soup and bread will be served in a hand-crafted bowl for a suggested donation of $10 which will benefit the Methodist Food Pantry.

Also part of the week-long event is a singer/songwriter competition at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 28 in Radford Auditorium. Eight local competitors will perform for the chance to win a Carvin guitar, two hours of recording time at Flyboys studio with singer/songwriter Elliott Park, and a chance to air the song on the syndicated radio show The Appetizer hosted by D. Grant Smith.

This unique and innovative program evolved from a student-led movement held last spring called Cite’ Lespwa (City of Hope), where McMurry students, faculty and staff camped out on the corner of Sayles and South 14th for one week to both honor and help the 800,000 Haitians still living in tents following the 2010 earthquake that devastated the island less than 800 miles off the coast of the Florida.

Over thirty McMurry students, faculty, staff, friends and alumni will travel to Haiti and India this summer on McMurry in Motion mission trips. In order to raise awareness, on the campus and in the community, of the living conditions endured by many in Haiti and India, McMurry students have expanded the vision of World Village to include both tents and shacks/slums (symbolic of the living conditions throughout the world).