BELTON— The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB) Global Outreach ministry has had a busy summer, sending students and staff on domestic and international missions.
The university sent medical teams to Guatemala and Costa Rica to work with One More Child, an organization that assists vulnerable children and their families. Each team reached more than 150 individuals through physical exams, first-aid, and dental education.
Four students and two sponsors traveled to Anchorage, Alaska to host a Bible camp for children through a partnership with Graceworks. The UMHB team led the first week of the 8-week program.
On June 19, a team embarked on a mission to Seattle, Washington, to serve with Epic Life Church. For two weeks, students will pass out coffee at bus stops, volunteer at a food bank, and participate in various other aspects of community development.
While the teams have certainly impacted the places they visited, UMHB Director of Global Outreach Tiffany Horton said the opportunities to serve have been meaningful experiences for the students.
“For some of our students serving, they have never left Texas and never flown on a plane,” Horton said. “This is their first mission experience, and most have reported this opportunity was life-changing for them.”
The Global Outreach program embodies UMHB’s mission to prepare students for leadership, service, and faith-informed discernment in a global society.