A team from Cedarville University is partnering with Encompass World Partners to serve in the diverse community of Clarkston, Ga. A story in the Xenia, Ohio, Gazette, tells more about the program. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article.
Missions team to travel the world in one square mile
One small team of Cedarville students plans to serve more than 90 different people groups within the span of six days.
By traveling less than 600 miles away to what has been called the most diverse square mile of the country: Clarkston, Ga.
From May 14-20, a team of 11 from Cedarville will serve in Clarkston, a town that has become home to refugees from all over the world. The team will be led by Dr. Brenda Pahl, assistant professor of pharmacy practice. It includes two nursing students, six pharmacy students, one RN and one linguistics student who will assist with translation.
“I hadn’t thought about how or when I would ever use my French, I just knew I loved studying and speaking it. But this opportunity, to serve as a translator among Cedarville’s nursing, pharmacy students, and the French-speaking immigrants in medical clinics, will be such a valuable ministry to the community there,” said Rachel Fletcher, a junior linguistics major. “I’m very excited to serve using my God-given gifts.”
While in Clarkston, the team will provide health care screenings at three different refugee clinics. They will also visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta and attend multicultural church services as part of their experience.
“Considering how expensive medical care is, my hope is that our trip will, even in the smallest way, ease the community’s burden caused by health issues,” said Priscilla Songate, a sophomore nursing major. “I am also very excited to have an interpreter on our team because the language barrier is a major issue in the refugee community.”
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