UTHSC BCM Mission Trip To Ecuador
Benjie Shaw, Baptist Collegiate Specialist, UTHSC
Continue to pray for the Ecuador Mission Trip
Tuesday, June 20th: Another clinic day at the camp. Pray for endurance as the second day can start to feel a little long. Pray for continued spiritual conversations with students and patients alike. Specifically, please pray for our group devotion time in the evenings. This will be a time when I’m challenging the group to honestly, deeply consider what it means to follow Jesus.
Wednesday, June 21st: Clinic day at a local school with ties to Compassion International. We worked here last year and had tremendous opportunities at conversations with students, faculty, and parents.
Thursday, June 22nd: This is our fun day. We’re taking a bus to go zip-lining in the Amazon and touring a nearby chocolate factory. Pray that we will all be able to catch our breath and be refreshed for the last few days of work. Continue to pray for opportunities for spiritual conversations with our students.
Friday, June 23rd: Returning for a second day of clinic at the Compassion school. Pray for opportunities to share the Gospel with the students, the faculty, and parents with whom we interact.
Saturday, June 24th: Half-day clinic in nearby town. Pray for focus as we finish out the week. After clinic, we’re returning to the camp to pack then heading to the airport. We will fly through the night and return to Memphis on Sunday morning.
Guatemala Mission Trip
What an incredible time we had in Guatemala. With two leaders and eight college students we headed to San Pedro Guatemala to work in the schools and town. We did Bible stories and English lessons in the classrooms with students ranging from 3-17. We taught crafts to the younger ones to help them recall the story and asking the older students how the specific Bible stories applied in their lives. Having to teach such a range of ages really challenged the team to think of how to teach to anyone. The last day of teaching was spent on the story of Christ and his crucifixion. Four students in the school accepted Christ that day which made for a terrific end to the week. While some of the students taught in the schools, others did home visits to local families that were connected to the church pastor. We were able to provide food supplies to the families and pray over them. Many shared difficult testimonies of the struggles and hardships they were facing and the students prayed boldly over their needs. For quite a few of the students, it was their first international mission trip, which created opportunity for dialogue on God’s command to go to the nations both in their college setting as well on summer missions. It was an incredible experience for all and we are so thankful for Tennessee Baptists who helped make it happen.