The Interfaith Service Project is a College Program on Islam including a one-week road trip that engages 25 Shi’a, Ismaili Muslims between the ages of 18-25, who come from across the country. The program aims to experimentally teach students more about their faith, heritage, culture, and identity, as well as how they fit among other faith communities. As a part of this experience, students learn more about living their faith through service to other faith communities. Together, these students painted 3 rooms at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Lawncrest, cleaned the Social Hall and also cleaned the grounds around the church.
According to Helen Tobin, a member of Church Council, “These students were so remarkable. It was truly amazing to see all that got done in just 3 hours of work! “
When the students finished their projects, the students and church members went outside to take photos and celebrate their work. They shared songs about love and peace in Arabic, Hebrew and English, and ended with “Let There Be Peace on Earth”. Helen summed up the day saying “This is the way we should live. …Wouldn’t it be wonderful?”