The Mendonsas are helping raise the next generation of leaders in Kenya. These Baylor alumi are the founders of Naomi’s Village, a children’s home that’s not your average orphanage. When they moved to Kenya full time in 2008, Bob (BU’88), a doctor, and Julie (BU’89), a teacher, had to rethink how the typical orphanage was run. According to UNICEF, 70% of boys who age out of orphanages end up in crime and 60% of girls end up in prostitution.
Freshman year is a whirlwind–it’s new and exciting and there are so many opportunities to take advantage of yet so little time. While this may seem like just another opportunity, it’s one you won’t want to pass up if you’re a freshman guy looking for a way to connect with other men, learn about cross-cultural engagement, and serve brothers and sisters in need in the Dominican Republic.
Beauty from ashes. That seems to be the theme of the Harvey Relief Baylor Missions trip in Houston over Fall Break. When 50 students and 3 faculty members arrived in the neighborhoods of Houston, they described a strange volcanic-like ash that had settled over the lawns—sediment left behind when 4 feet of water receded after standing for 10 days.