Manila college student returns from mission trip

Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Although there was a language barrier, hugs are the same in every culture. (photo provided)

Ambassadors in Mission (A.I.M.) present opportunities for students to go on short term mission trips in areas throughout the world. A.I.M is responsible for getting thousands of students on the mission field each year, and the destinations this year include Caracus, Venezuela; Ekaterinburg, Russia; and Glasgow, Scotland.

Brittni Sammons of Manila was a part of the Caracus, Venezuela, mission trip this summer July 13 -- 21.

"This was not nearly long enough to see everything," Brittni said. "The culture and atmosphere are defiantly different in South America, but it was a very pretty country despite the crowded population of six million in a ten by two mile radius."

On Monday, July 14, the group of 14 students and adults arrived at Caracus, Venezuela. Then they traveled to an orphanage and farm approximately three hours outside the city where the next six days they stayed and worked with the children of the orphanage and the community, and then they held crusades at the orphanage at night inviting the community.

"Each night there was a great turn out; there was an obvious love for Christ," Brittni said. "Although there was a language barrier, I could defiantly understand the praise and worship for Christ the people showed."

On Saturday, July 19, the group went back into the city of Caracus for site seeing and relaxing after their hard week of work. They returned home safely on Monday evening, "This was a great experience and it has defiantly taught me a lot about myself and changed me as a person," Brittni said. "I have a new outlook on life and I am defiantly thankful and grateful for everything I have more than ever before."

Brittni, a Manila High School graduate, is currently residing in Fayetteville and attending the University of Arkansas, where she is majoring in Organizational Leadership and Financial Management/Investment. She is actively involved in Chi Alpha and serves as the Office Manager and Photo/Copy Editor for the Razorback yearbook.

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