GWU Teams Travel to England and Guatemala

Gardner-Webb Students Share Gospel Over Spring Break

2019 Mission Trips

Gardner-Webb University students traveled to different parts of the world over Spring Break to share the love of Jesus Christ with others. One 12-member team ministered to youth in the local church and school in York, England. Led by Mindy Robinson, GWU coordinator for Community Engagement and Student Ministries, and her husband, Chase, the group partnered with UK-USA Ministries/Youth for Christ.

In the school, where religious studies courses are part of the curriculum, the GWU team shared the parable of “The Rich Fool” from Luke 12:13-21 and presented the gospel to around 600 students, who identified as agnostic or atheist. The Gardner-Webb students were asked some difficult questions, said Mekenna Boswell, a freshman from Mocksville, N.C. “I came to recognize that I can confess God’s name to others and answer the hard questions thrown at me,” she observed. “If I could not answer a question confidently, I brought a leader into the group to answer the student's questions and add another perspective.”

The second mission team journeyed to Guatemala to work with Good Shepherd Clinic and Center in Quetzaltenango. This group included nursing students and was led by Melissa McNeilly, instructor in nursing, and Stacy Simmons, associate minister to the University for pastoral care.

Simmons praised the team for adapting when mishaps occurred. “We had to be flexible with changes to travel plans, having no power or water for two days, and eating whatever food had not spoiled,” she explained. “With that being said, our students did well and kept a positive attitude throughout the week.”

Partnering with North Carolina Baptists on Mission, the group helped to paint a local school and counted thousands of medicines to keep an inventory for the clinic. They also distributed hygiene kits, and picked up trash along the road and around the clinic. While working at the school, the GWU students took opportunities to play soccer and basketball with the children.

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