TAKOMA PARK, Md. (May 30) - Washington Adventist University’s (WAU) trip to Mauritius is being hailed as a success by Vice President of Ministry Baraka Muganda, who, along with assistant professor Alvin Fuentes, led a group of nine students to the island in the Indian Ocean, off the southeast coast of Africa.
“It was a very good trip,” Muganda said. “It was satisfying for all involved.”
He said the young missionaries began preaching on May 11 and continued for the next 15 days, ultimately reaching over 2500 visitors who attended the meetings.
The team also conducted devotions every morning at the only Seventh day Adventist Academy in Mauritius and played games with the students.
“The trip has brought me closer to God,” said junior theology major Danielle Barnard. “It has shown me the purpose for my life; I feel like God made me for Mauritius and the church members affirmed me as a theology teacher.”
Junior biology major Georgianna Johnson was excited about her first mission trip.
“I loved it!” she said. “My main fear was that people would not accept me, but they kept coming back. It was a two in one blessing—witnessing to members and learning about God at the same time.”
Myrna Wylyan, a native of Nevis in the Caribbean, accompanied her daughter, Janelle Wylyan, a junior social work major, on the trip.
“I went because the Lord had blessed me marvelously and I wanted to serve Him through this opportunity. I have grown closer to God in the process. I will always consider joining my daughter on these mission trips.”
For her part, Janelle is humbled “that God could use a broken vessel like me to bring others closer to Him.” She too expressed the view that the trip has shown her a purpose for her life.
Noting the success of the trip, Fuentes said he wished more faculty and staff would join the students on mission trips.
“There is such joy to work with students—preaching the word of God,” he said.
At the end of the two weeks, 65 people were baptized in several churches while another baptism is planned for June.