WAU Mission Trip to the Philippines Results in 141 Baptisms

TAKOMA PARK, MD (June 3, 2014) -- A team of seven Washington Adventist University (WAU) missionaries, led by Vice President for Ministry Dr. Baraka G. Muganda, participated in a two-week mission trip to the city of Davao, Philippines that resulted in the baptism of 141 individuals. The trip took place from May 6 – 23.

“Students love to reach out and touch others with the love of God -- most just do not know it yet,” said Dr. Muganda.  “When you give them the right opportunity and preparation, they will discover the joy of serving God while serving others, and their lives will be changed.”

Seven evangelistic satellites were set up in the city of Davao, and at the end of the evening meetings, individuals who wanted to be baptized into the church were invited to do so. Dr. Joan Francis, chair of the History Department, participated in the trip and was assigned to preach in one of the largest churches in Davao. She noted that she felt even more blessed from the experience than the Filipinos whose lives she had touched.

During the trip, the missionaries took one day to visit Mountain View College, one of the major and oldest Seventh-day Adventist institutions of higher learning in the Philippines. The purpose for the visit was to see the campus and to attend the South Asia Pacific Division Sabbath School Congress, which included 10,000 delegates from more than 14 countries.

While on campus at Mountain View College, the WAU missionaries were invited to greet the Youth Ministry workshop, which included several hundred youth leaders from all over the division. They were also interviewed by the division’s communication department about Washington Adventist University’s core value of being a “Gateway to Service” that motivates students to serve locally and globally, and to transform lives. An article about the WAU mission trip was published in the daily newsletter that was distributed to the 10,000 delegates who attended the Congress.

The Davao, Philippines Mission Trip is just one of the missions that Washington Adventist University will be participating in to prepare students to serve beyond classroom boundaries. An additional overseas mission this summer will be to Brazil in July. Mission trips in 2015 include Jamaica in March, St. Kitts in May and Kenya in June. Individuals interested in participating should email missions@wau.edu

Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County's only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. A total of 1,050 students of all faiths participate in the university’s eight graduate and 32 undergraduate programs. The 2013 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.

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