Students Reaching "Uttermost Parts of The World"

by Victoria Stearns, Public Relations Writer

Through Cedarville University’s Global Outreach department, 140  students traveled on 10 international and five domestic missions trips during the university’s recent spring break  February 27- March 8.
Cedarville’s global outreach is designed to provide students with opportunities to serve domestically and internationally. The students are challenged to apply their book knowledge with practical and biblical ministry to make an impact in the lives of people they meet.
The students who capitalize on these opportunities, after raising their own financial support, are trained by campus staff for their outreach assignment.  When serving others, the students are guided by a leader who connects them with an outreach organization to evangelize and provide services to those in need to make an eternal impact.
During spring break, students served many needs throughout the world, including in areas of dentistry, pharmaceuticals and medical assistance, sports camps, children and youth ministries, adult special needs, construction and evangelism techniques.
Senior student Sam Hinckley recalls his experience from a spring break trip to the Dominican Republic.

“Our team was able to set up 3 medical and dental pop-up clinics in villages for the local people. The first two were through church plants and they allowed us to set up in their facilities. The last one was in an all-girls orphanage where we were able to perform scheduled tooth extractions or fillings as well as perform basic physical exams on the girls as a routine checkup,” says Hinckley.
When speaking of his experience at the orphanage, Hinckley commented, “Even though there was a severe language barrier, love is a universal language. Showing love to the girls there lifted their spirits and it was evident in the way they reciprocated our love. Although they had nothing, they were still willing to give up their bracelets to us, play games with us, and even carve our names in a cactus.”