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Katie Warnock came to Boston wanting to spend her spring break for a worthy cause, but she left the city a changed person.

The University of North Carolina freshman was one of about 650 students who participated in the Boston Plunge, a collegiate ministry initiative focused on sharing God's love with residents of Boston.

"The biggest thing that stood out in my mind was the perspective [the trip] gave me, ... riding the subway and seeing homeless people," said Warnock.

Warnock and several members of her group also spent a night at the Red Cross shelter during a severe snowstorm, talking to people and sharing their faith with those who had come in to spend the night.

Another time, on the bus, a drug deal took place right in front of some of their group members. "The bus was absolutely packed," Warnock said. "I didn't see it but I heard it take place ... . We were all sitting right there."

The three-week eff...