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University students to serve in Dominican Republic over spring break

Posted by Samantha McClintock on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 @ 10:02 AM

A team of 15 students will travel to Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic, Saturday, March 9, through Saturday, March 16. Dave Calvario, dean of students and the director of the Center for Service Leadership at Waynesburg University, will lead the students.

Students will serve with “Meeting God in Missions,” and will visit Haitian villages where many Dominicans of Haitian descent face challenges. Service will consist of construction and home repairs, leading bible studies, prayer walks, playing sports in the villages and spending time with children in the villages. This is the first time the University is partnering with Meeting God in Missions.

“Meeting God in Missions is a great Christ-centered organization,” Calvario said. “The goal is for students to learn about the Dominican Republic as a developing country, to be pushed outside their comfort zone, to develop relationships and to grow in their faith as we all discern God’s calling for our lives.”

Students participating in the Meeting God in Missions mission trip include:

•    Nika Anschuetz, a freshman communication (electronic media) major from Harmony            (Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School)    
•    Olivia Bakke, a senior biology major from Monaca (Beaver County Christian School)
•    Cassy Dowler, a junior international business major from Latrobe (Greater Latrobe High School)    
•    Andrew Juntunen, a senior exercise science (wellness/physiology) major from Shingle Springs, Calif. (home schooled)    
•    Kristen McClure, a freshman nursing major from Reading (Exeter Township High School)
•    Erin Pierson, a junior nursing major from Bethel Park (Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School)
•    Rebecca Rosser, a freshman biblical & ministry studies (media ministry) major from Sweet Valley (Lake-Lehman High School)
•    Shonah Russell, a sophomore early childhood/special education major from Sabattus, Maine (Vineyard Christian School)    
•    K Scarry, a junior psychology major from Herndon, Va. (Oakton High School)        
•     Mary Spencer, a sophomore English (professional writing) major from Allison Park (Hampton High School)    
•     Bonnie Strang, a freshman English/secondary education (creative writing) major from McMurray (Peters Township High School)        
•    Hannah Szymanik, a junior early childhood/special education major from Mount Holly Springs (Boiling Springs High School)    
•     Shawn Wharrey, a senior biology (pre-dental/medical/veterinary) major from Mars (Mars Area High School)    
•    Olivia Workman, a sophomore history major from Lovettsville, Va. (home-schooled)    
•    Warner Workman, a junior criminal justice administration major from Lovettsville, Va. (home schooled)

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Topics: Mission Service news, Spring Break Waynesburg University, Dominican Republic, Meeting God in Missions