Baylor Missions Sprang to Action for Spring Break 2015

  • AMSA Team
    AMSA team in Guatemala
  • Eagle Pass team
    Eagle Pass Urban Missions Team
  • Guatemala sports team
    Guatemala Sports and Community Development Team
March 26, 2015

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WACO, Texas (March 26, 2015) – Trading in sandy toes for service projects, five teams from Baylor Missions traveled domestically and internationally this spring break for a week of missions.

“It’s really one of the greatest ways you can integrate your faith and what you’re learning in the classroom with service. It really allows you to see how your gifts and callings can be used in a global context,” said Holly Widick, assistant director for Baylor Missions.

Baylor Missions is a part of the Office of Spiritual Life at Baylor University. Its mission is to essentially grow and integrate theological depth, spiritual wholeness and missional living in lives of students, faculty and staff through formational programming, missional experience, pastoral care and worship.

The teams visited work sites in Peru, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and along the Texas border. Each team had an individual focus ranging from medical to sports missions, incorporating these disciplines into their respective service.

Peru Nursing Team

A team of 13 nursing students traveled from Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Dallas to Lima, Peru. They worked alongside a local church, Iglesia Evangelica Baptista Morada de Dios, in the local community by offering health education and physical assessments. Teams also took time to research local health practices.

Dominican Republic Multicultural Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS) Team

MAPS partnered with the Good Samaritan Mission Council in La Romana, Dominican Republic. Eleven students and one Baylor staff member served in the Dominican Republic. Students served and shadowed in local medical clinics, observing and practicing routine checkups.

Guatemala American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Team

American Medical Student Association (AMSA) sent 19 students, two Baylor faculty members and a guest medical doctor to serve in the Guatemalan communities of La Cieneguilla, Huehuetenango and La Victoria, Quetzaltenango. Through a partnership with a local organization called Global CHE the team served locals within a mountainous region where many locals are unable to receive necessary medical treatments. Most locals typically live their whole lives with problems such as parasites, diabetes and ulcers. The team helped set up temporary clinics to bring free care to the locals.

Guatemala Sports & Community Development Team

In this new missions project, 11 students, one Baylor faculty member and a university guest partnered with Buckner International in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Students participated in community development with Buckner Family Hope Center, a sports camp for children served through Family Hope Center, English as a Second Language for adults and children at Family Hope Center and hands-on projects.

Texas Urban Mission Team: Eagle Pass

Sixteen students and two Baylor staff members journeyed to Eagle Pass, Texas, to partner with Mission Border Hope and Literacy ConneXus. For their third year, Baylor Missions students engaged in literacy work and building meaningful relationships with students. They read with preschoolers in day care centers in the morning and provided afternoon literacy programs for children who live in Eagle Pass and the surrounding communities. They also worked with the Restorative Justice Program by building relationships with students in the program.

Baylor School of Education Spring Break Effort in Costa Rica

In addition to the Baylor Missions spring break trips, the Baylor School of Education (SOE) hosted its annual spring break to Costa Rica.

Randy Wood, Ph.D., professor in the SOE’s department of curriculum and instruction, and Trena Wilkerson, Ph.D., SOE professor of curriculum and instruction, led a team of 25 Baylor students March 6 to San Jose, Costa Rica, to distribute the books. Wood and Wilkerson partnered with community leaders in San Jose who saw a need to supply instruction and curriculum books for the children and teachers who had only a few per classroom.

For more information, visit BU Missions

by Sarah Czerwinski, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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