Taylor University computer science students, Luke, Jacob, and Alec, are heading to Colorado Springs over spring break to join LightSys at Code-a-Thon 2016. This is a time where Christian software developers, designers, project managers, and tech writers gather for a week for coding, fellowship, prayer, worship, and fun. The Taylor Team will be developing an Android app for language learners of a lesser known Asian language.

All housing is provided by generous community members, so the funds raised here will cover food, gas, and wear and tear on Luke’s vehicle. We would love to have you join Taylor’s Center for Missions Computing in supporting this team.

The Taylor team will be traveling March 18 through March 27. Please keep Luke, Jacob, and Alec in your prayers as they drive 2300 miles round trip, write their Android app, and experience missions computing in a real way.

Computer Science Students
Android App

Alec Ellsworth

I am looking forward to doing what I love and making a difference: coding and kingdom work!


I grew up in Austin, Texas with my three sisters and parents. I am a sophomore and the first and only computer science education major at Taylor University, with hopes of teaching computer programming to high school students. So I am basically creating a major to teach the future generations the beauty of programming. Totally worth it. Why would I spend my spring break writing code rather than going to Florida? There are too many people in Florida and I’m always looking for an excuse to code. Not only do I get to avoid massive crowds, I get to code. A clear victory for Alec.

Luke Josten

I am excited to see how God will work in my life through this trip, and I love that we get to incorporate something as nerdy as coding with the purpose of glorifying Christ.


I am a Sophomore Computer Science/Systems major at Taylor University. I grew up on a farm in the small town of Ventura, Iowa, and I have two older brothers who also went to Taylor University. I can normally solve a Rubik’s Cube in under 20 seconds and I have been to two Rubik’s Cube competitions. Why would I want to spend my spring break coding in Colorado rather than heading to somewhere like Florida, you ask? Well, I wouldn’t want to get any sand in my Rubik’s Cubes, and how am I supposed to write the next big app with sun blocking the view of my screen?

Jacob Jin

Going to Urbana 2015 changed my attitude about doing missions computing. During the conference, I learned that the older we grow, the harder it is for us to work on missions due to jobs and families. Therefore, college is a great time for exploring missions. Code-a-Thon 2016 will be a great opportunity for me to serve God and help others through missions computing.


I am from Beijing, China. I am a junior at Taylor University, studying computer science in the artificial intelligence track. I love my major and I enjoy programming. I decided to join the Code-a-Thon event so that I can have more experience with what I can do in real life as a computer science major. I believe this will be a great opportunity for me to explore what I love to do.

“Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God”William Carey, The Father of Modern Missions