WCU Nursing Students Do Mission Work in Honduras
Hattiesburg, MS, July 2, 2014 - Fourteen students and one professor from William Carey University’s Joseph and Nancy Fail School of Nursing joined the Talladega Baptist Medical Dental Missions International (BMDMI) team for an evangelistic mission trip to Jesus de Otoro, Honduras in May. WCU’s student nurses discovered a deep desire to learn more about cultures other than their own, cultivated lifelong skills and established new friendships from around the globe during the seven day journey.
During their stay in the village, 190 people made public decisions for Christ, 350 people rededicated their lives to Christ, and they helped plant a church that had its first service on June 1. Team members serving in the clothing closet gave away 7135 outfits and 2652 pairs of shoes, and $3,000 worth of rice and beans were distributed to mothers with young children. Those serving in the vision clinic fitted 190 prescription glasses and over 200 reading glasses. They also gave away over 300 pairs of sunglasses for farm and field workers with visible cataracts.
The dental team saw 310 patients assisting with 574 extractions, the medical and triage teams saw 2,374 patients, and the pharmacy filled 12,857 prescriptions. Members of the vet team saw 717 cows and 74 horses. In addition to the 10 daytime evangelistic services and four night-time services, the evangelism team had 600 participants in youth sports and children’s church. They also gave out 600 hand puppets that were made and donated by First Baptist Church of Abbeville.
The team also saw a number of patients who needed more medical care than could be provided in the village, so they provided transportation and support for a number of people to receive further medical evaluations. The teams also provided for three villagers to receive surgery at the BMDMI hospital at Guiamaca, Honduras. The teams committed financial assistance for the care of 12 cases they sent for further treatment
“We were so touched by the hospitality and generosity of the Honduran people,” said Felicia Browning, assistant professor of nursing at WCU. “Their graciousness knew no bounds.”
While the nursing students participated in all aspects of the mission trip, they also attended classes daily.
The team membership was made of people with many different skills and backgrounds, and varied in age from 14 - 74. They represented 29 churches from Alabama, Georgia, and Texas, as well as the 15 WCU representatives.
“Though weary emotionally, physically and spiritually the Carey students constantly portrayed the spirit of William Carey through the love of Christ,” Browning said. “Displays of Christianity and kindness know no language barrier.”