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Baylor 'Springs' into Missions

April 29, 2013

Panama

The Multicultural Association of Pre-health Students (MAPS) Mission Team, including nine students and one staff member, traveled to Panama City, Panama, to work with Global Medical Training International. The group served daily in local clinics under the supervision of organization doctors. Global Medical Training International is a non-profit organization that provides free medical-dental services to medically deprived communities in Central American countries.

Guatemala

The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Mission Team consisting of 21 students and one faculty member, traveled to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, to work with Global Community Health Evangelism, where they served in local clinics and taught basic hygiene techniques to village children. Global Community Health Evangelism is a non-profit organization that integrates evangelism and discipleship with community-based development.

El Salvador

The Medical Humanities Mission Team of 19 students and four faculty and staff members traveled to San Salvador, El Salvador, to partner with Universidad Evangelica de El Salvador (UEES). They served at the university hospital and in local clinics. UEES is one of El Salvador's oldest and most prominent institutions, serving as the country's national university.

Peru

The Louise Herrington School of Nursing Mission Trip, including 10 students and three faculty and staff members, traveled to Lima, Peru, to work with a local church, Iglesia Evangelica Baptista Morada de Dios. They worked within the community of the host church to offer health education and physical assessments, as well as research local health practices.

Eagle Pass, Texas

The Baylor Urban Mission Team of 19 students and two staff members traveled to Eagle Pass, Texas, to partner with Literacy Connexus and Texas Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. While there, the group sponsored family reading fairs and literacy projects through book mobiles, worked in community gardens and performed light construction. Literacy Connexus is a nonprofit organization that provides resources within a Christian context to allow church communities to share the gift of literacy with all who seek it.

LaPlace, La.

The Freshman Mission Team of 20 students and four leaders traveled to LaPlace, La., to work with Eight Days of Hope, assisting with disaster relief and doing light construction. Eight Days of Hope is a non-profit recovery organization that rebuilds homes struck by natural disaster.

"These students gave up their spring break to serve others. That speaks volumes to the spirit of the Baylor student who seizes opportunities to serve God and neighbor. Many of our trips are discipline-focused which allows students and faculty to integrate faith, learning and service into their mission experience," said Rebecca Kennedy, director of missions and associate chaplain for the Office of Spiritual Life.

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