Twenty students in the physician assistant program at Hardin-Simmons University—accompanied by 10 medical professionals and nine nonmedical staff—recently returned from a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Students delivered nearly a ton of donated hygiene items and medical supplies. The group worked in collaboration with Global Samaritan Resources, a Christian humanitarian aid organization that helped collect donations, raise funds and receive more than 18 cases of eyeglasses from the Lion’s Club, Berkley Eye Center and individuals. The HSU team worked alongside Good Samaritan Hospital of the Dominican Republic to provide health care services and education to the underserved population in La Romona. In four days, the team treated about 600 patients.
Go Now Missions student missionaries and their families gathered at Dallas Baptist University for a commissioning service before students begin summer missions experiences. This summer, 232 students will serve locally, nationally and internationally in endeavors ranging from working with indigenous people groups along the Amazon River in Brazil to leading sports camps in Long Island, N.Y. At the commissioning service, Eric Bean, chair of the Go Now Missions sending team and Baptist Student Ministries director at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, encouraged the student missionaries and family members to be faithful to the call God placed on each of their lives. “God is a sending God,” Bean said. “Sending is intrinsic to his character. It is something he is passionate about. So, when we participate in God’s sending—whether we are going as students or we are sending as parents, BSM directors and Sunday school teachers—we are participating in the very thing that is a part of God’s character. When we participate in that, we enter into a deeper relationship with him.” Mark and Debbie Boucher described their experiences as parents of Go Now missionaries. All four of the Boucher children served through Go Now Missions. Two sons now are career missionaries in Canada and the Middle East, where they receive Go Now student missionaries.
Buckner International received a $1.5 million challenge grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation for the Buckner Family Hope Center at Bachman Lake in northwest Dallas. The grant completes the $11 million needed for land and construction of the center, which will assist one of Dallas’ most underserved communities. Last year, the Mabee Foundation agreed to contribute the final $1.5 million needed toward the goal if Buckner could raise an additional $2.8 million on top of the money the nonprofit and its supporters had already raised. In all,
386 donors contributed to the Shining Hope Dallas campaign. Construction is underway on the 21,795-square-foot, two-story Buckner Family Hope Center at Bachman Lake, scheduled to open in January 2020. The Buckner Family Hope Center at Bachman Lake will provide a permanent home for programs such as family coaching, high-school-equivalency, English-as-a-Second-Language classes, computer literacy, job training, after-school and summer programs for children, parenting and financial education, spiritual enrichment and mentoring. With the capital project goal met, the Shining Hope Dallas campaign and its committee members now will seek to raise an additional $3 million as an operational endowment for the next three years.
In the fall semester, the College of Christian Studies at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will launch the Bachelor of Transformational Development degree program. The interdisciplinary degree program combines studies in both Christian studies and business. UMHB designed the program to prepare students for lives of servant leadership not only in churches and ministries, but also in the secular workplace. Organizers considered global impact in every element of the new program, including its name, which could be more helpful for students planning to work abroad. “A degree in transformational development with a strong grounding in business could open doors for students,” said Timothy Crawford, dean of the College of Christian Studies. For more information, call (254) 295-5075.
50th for Toby T. Irwin in the gospel ministry. He is pastor of Belmore Baptist Church in San Angelo.