From May 8 to May 17, professor Paul Johnson will accompany Corban students Heather Simpson, Tyler Ferguson, Kristen McMillan, Ally Brudevold, Katie Worley, Jenna Harbeck, and Caley Hubert on a missions trip to Honduras. The trip is part of the Summer of Service program at Corban. They are going to Siguatepeque, a city of over 100,000 people.
“The Lord has brought in all the support,” said Dr. Johnson. “Our focus is interaction with people.”
“God has already done so much in the providing and planning of this trip; I can’t wait to see what happens when we actually get there,” said Ally Brudevold.
The group will be staying at the Bible Seminary of Honduras in Siguatepeque, but will go into nearby rural parts of Honduras. They plan to visit two orphanages, a rural hospital, and local churches. The group also plans to work with Hope Coffee Ministries, an organization based in Honduras that sells Honduran-made coffee. The profits go to ministries in Honduras, as well as the provision of water and shelter to needy families. The group plans to do some work projects for Hope Coffee ministries.
“I’m going because I want to start out my summer by serving God, helping children, and spreading God’s love,” said Jenna Harbeck.
The students had either seen the email listing all the Summer of Service mission trips or had heard about it from friends. All of them are excited to go to Honduras. Honduras is a small country in Central America about the size of Tennessee. It borders Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. The country has more than 8 million people. Much of Honduras is covered in mountains and rainforests rich in plant and animal life. But it is one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere, just behind Haiti and Nicaragua.
“Of course, we don’t have any way of knowing how God will actually decide to use us once we are down there,” Heather Simpson said. “He may have a completely different schedule for us than we could even have expected, but we are there for Him, so we will do whatever He calls us to.”