Record number of Baylor missions teams serving worldwide this summer
This summer, Baylor Missions has sent (and is still sending) out its largest group of mission teams ever, with 25 teams (made up of almost 400 students, faculty/staff and alumni) serving in 16 destinations around the world, including the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Italy, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Uganda, the United Kingdom and Zambia, as well as three domestic sites in Dallas, the Rio Grande Valley and Washington, D.C.
Here’s a quick rundown to give you some idea what all Baylor students have been doing this summer:
They’re teaching. In Nairobi, speech pathology students provided speech, language and feeding assessments for children with special needs, and a team of Baylor female students provided leadership training for ministries and groups that aid women. Elsewhere in Kenya, another team visited schools and NGOs in and around the nation’s capital to demonstrate effective and compassionate approaches to education for impoverished children. And in Zambia, Hankamer School of Business students helped orphaned high school graduates create a career plan.
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They’re healing. In rural Ghana, Baylor students focused on education and community health. In Uganda, a group of pre-health students served orphans and other children at a Christian community founded by Baylor alumni. In India, one Baylor nursing team is working with nurses from Bangalore Baptist Hospital to provide physical and spiritual care to patients in and around Bengaluru, while another nursing team later this summer will provide menstrual hygiene education to preteens at two government schools in Hyderabad. A third nursing team will visit local schools in Zambia to conduct general screenings and teach health and hygiene. In Guatemala, neuroscience and pre-med students served in clinics and at medical outreach activities, and pre-vet students worked with a shelter’s rescue animals. And in the Rio Grande Valley, students from Baylor’s American Medical Students Association will partner with a local church to offer medical clinics and aid at area homeless shelters, nursing and children’s homes.
They’re building. In Uganda, engineering students worked with former child soldiers to build a vehicle that will aid families with hauling crops, water, medical supplies and more. In Mexico, the Baylor volleyball team worked alongside local ministries in helping construct a home for a family in need. And in Puerto Rico, student-athletes from a variety of Baylor teams worked to restore homes in a community devastated by Hurricane Maria.
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They’re supporting community. In Guatemala, Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority members helped take care of orphaned special needs children. Later this summer, a special Baylor Line Camp will take incoming freshmen to the Dominican Republic to work on community development projects that support children and families. In London, Baylor business students used accounting skills they’ve learned in the classroom to assist a Baptist church’s ministries and a nonprofit coffeehouse; later this summer, another team of business students will head to England to help launch a missional coffee house. In Italy, eight budding documentarians studied Sicilian culture and the challenges of immigration in the country. In the Dallas area, Sigma Phi Lambda sorority members worked with groups such as World Vision and the Genesis Women’s Shelter to provide love and care for women and children who have been orphaned, abused and/or trafficked. And in Washington, D.C., students joined representatives from Baylor’s Texas Hunger Initiative in meeting with thought leaders and others working to fight hunger in our nation’s capital.
They’re enriching lives. In South Africa, the Baylor Religious Hour Choir shared their love of music and ministered to children affected by HIV/AIDS. In Malaysia, Baylor’s Center for Christian Music Studies sponsored a tour in which students performed and offered lessons on music and worship. And in Guatemala, the Baylor soccer team partnered with local FCA staff to lead soccer camps and share the love of Jesus Christ.
Sic ’em, Baylor Missions!