Scholars Mission Trip Leaves Impression

Living up to the Meharry motto, "Going Beyond the Expected", fifteen of the College's students spent spring break week in Fusagasuga, Columbia on a mission trip.  RWJF Scholars Lawrence Brown and Nefertari Jones we among the group that sacrifice their time to give to those in need.

As part of Every Nations Ministries outreach, the Ten Days Mission Experiences is the short-term missions program. Every Nations is a Christian organization dedicated to church planting, campus ministry, and world missions. Named after the average length of these short-term mission trips, Ten Days was created to help foster a culture of missions within people and within local churches. 

Brown, a first year medical student from Stockton, CA, serves a class chaplain and assisted with drawing interest from his fellow classmates for the mission. His first mission trip has inspired him to do more.

"It was great to able to spend spring break together and see real growth from one another," said Brown. "We applied the things we learned in the classroom while seeing lives change through medicine and spirituality."
 
Nefertari Jones was inspired by the receptiveness of the villagers. "The most memorable thing I recall is their outward expression of their love for God," said the Kansas City native. Jones, who speak fluent Spanish, was called to translate for several missionaries.  She also spent 10 days in South Africa last year on a similar mission.

They both plan to continue preparing themselves for the future this summer.  Brown will have an appointment in the School of Public Health at Yale University as a Postgraduate Fellow working with Dr. Susan Busch, the Chair of Health Policy and Management, on policies stemming from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). From June 13th-20th, he will be returning to Fusagasuga, to work again in a medical clinic and also to teach music to a group of youth from all over the world. Jones will be working with the Dr. Angela Snyder at the Georgia Health Policy Center with Georgia State University.