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Two Mission Teams From Gardner-Webb Share God’s Love in Thailand and Slovakia

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Two separate mission teams from Gardner-Webb University began their summer break with trips to Thailand and Slovakia.

The eight-member team that traveled to Bratislava, Slovakia, shared their faith at a children’s camp and made s’mores with the fourth-graders. Visiting the children was one of the best experiences of the 12-day trip for Makayla Fewster, a third-year GWU student. “It was wonderful being able to teach and encourage the children, but they gave me equal encouragement and love, and taught me a lot about Slovakia,” Fewster said.

Led by Teresa Davis, administrative assistant, GWU Office of Christian Life and Service, and her husband, Eric Davis, senior pastor at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church near Boiling Springs, N.C., the team was sponsored by the International Baptist Church Bratislava, where the pastor, Dr. Gerhard Venter and his wife Joan, had planned several ministry opportunities for the group. Besides visiting the camp, the team met with church members, shared their testimonies, spoke to school children and worked inside and outside of the Berea Conference Center, where they were housed for three days.

The second team of 12 was led by Dr. Nicole Waters, interim associate provost of the College of Health Sciences, associate professor and dean of the Hunt School of Nursing, and Dr. Candice Rome, associate professor of nursing. Working with missionaries, this team provided basic health care in Thailand to approximately 300 refugees of all ages, from multiple countries. They also distributed hygiene kits to women who have been rescued from a captive life of sex trade.

“For the majority of the trip, we hosted free medical clinics for refugees in villages, at a café, while doing home visits, and at a school,” Waters related. “During the clinics, the team performed glucose screenings, vital sign assessments, vision screenings, physical assessments, health education, and resolution of minor health concerns. This allowed our team the ability to experience community health in a foreign country and show the love of Christ to all refugees and families.”

Learn more about mission opportunities through the Office of Christian Life and Service