School of Nursing Students at Mississippi College Plan South America Mission Trip
Mississippi College nursing students will soon travel to South America to offer medical screenings to people in villages along the Amazon River.
It will be a mission of love, faith and service for 19 nursing students and two professors on the Clinton campus. They embark June 9 and return to Mississippi June 19.
It marks the 25th year the MC School of Nursing sponsored summer mission trips overseas. The journey is part of the “Spirituality in Nursing” program taught to students in Cockcroft Hall on the Clinton campus.
During this mission, MC students will conduct medical screenings, offer health education tips and much more. “They will share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with people in each of the five villages,” said nursing professor Rick Lewis.
The Mississippian was part of a 25-member MC delegation making a similar journey to Peru during the summer of 2015.
A year ago, the Mississippi College group ministered to 495 people in South American villages.
Last year’s trip gave students “a new prospective on missions,” Lewis added. “Students that have participated in past mission trips through the School of Nursing reported their lives were forever changed by this experience.”
The MC professor asks for university alumni, students and other supporters to continue to pray for the group along their summer journey.
Many of the South American people they will visit in Columbia in June are poor and have limited access to modern healthcare systems. Columbia is a coastal country with deserts and mountains. The Amazon River touches three countries sharing borders: Columbia, Brazil and Peru.
“We look forward to continuing this tradition of sharing the love of God by providing healthcare to those less fortunate,” Lewis said.
At the 5,200-student Baptist-affiliated university, mission trips around the globe reflect the institution’s core values.
Missions have included initiatives to build sustainable housing following a country’s natural disaster to helping people advance their basic education skills.
Lewis spotlights the important role of the MC School of Nursing, including its students, faculty and graduates year-round. “Nursing should be a Calling from God, not just an occupation.”