By Kenya Mark
Eleven missionaries dedicated their Spring Break and traveled 12 hours from Takoma Park, Md., to a "mission" field in great crisis. Flint, Michigan has been in the news due to contaminated water, which has affected the lives of the people who live in that city. Provisions for this mission were made largely through fundraising, the financial support of faculty, staff, and Sligo SDA Church.
Throughout the week, the team distributed over 560 cases of water and assisted the local warehouse in organizing the water that has been donated from all over the country. They prayed with the residents of several neighborhoods in Flint, conducted a week of prayer for the children of Fairhaven SDA School and performed with puppets for children and their families living in Riverpark. While in Michigan, they were hosted by the Fairhaven Church, under the leadership of Pastor Steven Bramwell and Outreach Coordinator Carol Conner. Sisters Bobbie, Phyllis and Carroll, three ladies of the church, took it upon themselves to cook dinner, prepare for the puppet show and guide the team throughout their journey in Flint.
The mission trip in Flint, Mich., was one that will forever resonate in the hearts of the WAU team. Junior nursing major Tania Guevara shared her thoughts, "My experience was amazing! I have heard about Flint and the water crisis, but I never thought it would be so bad. God definitely used us to help out the community and the church in need.
The team's resolve and impact were not only felt by students, but sponsors Adriana Mitchell (SHWPE) and Chaplain Kaneil Williams. "God's plans are private, precious in fact. Therefore, when his people are drowning in a flood, or crawling through a drought, it is not our place to wonder what, why or who did this. Instead we need to walk, run and swim to serve Him," said Professor Mitchell.
Chaplain Williams also added that this will not be their last water trip and prays their efforts will inspire others to serve God, even in times of inconvenience.