WCU nursing students care for needy in Honduras

WCU nursing students care for needy in Honduras

This is a news release from William Carey University 

"Actions, not words" was not only the annual theme for William Carey University as a whole; it was also a call to action for 11 Carey nursing students.

The students, along with Assistant Professor of Nursing Felicia Browning, traveled to Villa de San Francisco, Honduras, from May 24-31 on an evangelical mission trip. The Carey team joined 46 others from multiple cities in Alabama and Mississippi in an effort organized by Baptist Medical and Dental Mission International to share the Gospel and assist the needy in the small Honduras municipality.

During the trip, the group presented the Gospel to over 3,000 people and also distributed 1,000 Bibles, 376 copies of John's Gospel, 2,800 religious tracts and 780 salvation bracelets. The team operated a medical clinic that treated 2,877 patients and distributed clothing and shoes while a pharmacy filled 18,299 prescriptions.

The team also operated an eyeglass ministry that fitted 142 prescription glasses, including six pairs made in the field, along with distributing 570 reading glasses and many pairs of sunglasses. A kitchen crew fed 110 people 12 meals each while the entire team distributed $3,000 worth of beans and rice to local citizens. Over 800 participants were involved in a children's church and youth sports activities led by team members.

The trip marked the third year nursing students have traveled to Honduras. In March 2011, Browning traveled with seven students to San Lucas. In May 2014, Browning and 14 students traveled to Jesus de Otoro. Browning said the planning for another trip started almost immediately after returning from the 2014 trip.

"Our work commenced in June 2014 as we met and decided to launch a campaign for clothing, shoes and accessories … at this early date, we didn't know for certain that a trip would 'go' nor did we know the people we were packing for," she said. "We knew, however, of the needs in Honduras."

Prior to the trip, the nursing students and Browning packed over 60 boxes with clothing, shoes and other items. The Carey team also held fundraisers and church presentations throughout the year to promote the university's partnership with the medical and dental mission and to bring awareness about the needs in Honduras.

"Our students were thoughtful, considerate liaisons for the Lord in their delicate conversations with those in need," said Browning. "They provided much needed one-on-one conversations, with a translator, to people desperate to be cared for … they were flexible servants, traits not unnoticed by other team members."

For more information on the School of Nursing and future mission projects, visit www.wmcarey.edu/nursing or call (601) 318-6478.