Gateway to Service… Engaging Minds… Transforming Lives

Takoma Park, MD (July 6, 2018) From June 11-25, a group of students, faculty, and staff from Washington Adventist University (WAU) traveled to Pena Blanca Cortez, Honduras where they stayed at the Centro Educacional Adventist boarding school. The first day included a tour of the facilities, visiting all the classrooms and introducing the team.

The center provides classes for students in Pre-K – 6th Grade, a Bilingual Academy for grades 7 – 11, Spanish School – 1st – 6th Grade and Spanish College – 7th – 9th Grade. The school is located in the middle of the town of Pena Blanca on 35 acres of land surrounded by palm trees and vegetation. They harvest their own fruits and vegetables like pineapples, oranges, radish, plantains, cilantro, green peppers, and more. Here, WAUs mission team had the opportunity to interact with students on a daily basis.

The group painted both the interior and exterior of the school’s cafeteria and provided a health fair for thecommunity where over 200 people were served. They checked blood pressure, blood sugar and also provided over 150 pairs of reading glasses and distributed 170 tooth brushes and tooth paste. They also provided a Vacation Bible School with the theme “Blast Off” in English and Spanish for over 180 kids.

Another project was cleaning and arranging the school’s Science Lab, which improved its condition for future use.

Each year the school’s administration collects backpacks and school supplies to distribute to students at the beginning of the school year. All the donations received from WAU faculty and staff will go in the backpacks for the next school year “This is a big and unexpected blessing” said Pastor Samir, Director of the school.

Every evening after dinner, the team met to talk and share devotional thoughts and prayers which were provided by different team members.

Read what several team members had to say:

“It was incredible to share the love of Jesus Christ during our missionary trip to Honduras,” stated Stacey Guevara, Sophomore Biology Major. “Having the power to help the locals was a humbling experience.”

‘I am now a strong believer in going back to certain places to show the people that they are not forgotten,” said Josh Martinez. “This was my second time in Honduras and as always, an amazing experience.”

“My experience in Honduras was awesome,” shared Denise Hinds, Chair of the Health, Wellness and Physical Education Department. “I went there to be a blessing, yet I was blessed in the process… I would definitely do it again.”

The WAU missions theme, Go-Serve-Transform, became alive as the WAU group experienced transformation, as well as the people in Honduras.

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. Approximately 1,100 students of all faiths participate in the university’s nine graduate and 42 undergraduate programs. The 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.

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