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Waynesburg students to study poverty in Mississippi

Posted by Samantha McClintock on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 @ 08:04 AM

describe the imageTom Ribar, Waynesburg University chaplain, and Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication at Waynesburg University, will lead 17 Waynesburg University students to Jackson, Miss., from Friday, May 10, until Saturday, May 18, to partner with the John M. Perkins Foundation for a week of service.

The group will work on various building projects in one of the poorest cities in the United States. Students will study racial reconciliation and community development issues with Dr. Perkins about an area that has a history of racial segregation and large scale poverty. This year marks the University’s ninth trip to serve with the Foundation.
“The relationship between Waynesburg University and the John M. Perkins Foundation has been a very fruitful partnership and has transformed numerous Waynesburg University students,” Ribar said. 

Partnering with the Foundation allows students to further build upon the University’s emphasis on service.

“The experience helps expand their vision for what it means to take ‘the whole gospel to whole people’, to coin a phrase of Dr. Perkins,” Ribar said. “We have seen a number of Waynesburg University graduates go on to work in Christian community development, in one form or another, because of their experience at the Perkins Center.”

Students participating in this mission service trip include:

•    Cortney Baltimore, junior history major from Lone Tree, Colo. (Front Range Christian School)
•    Victoria Berggren, freshman nursing major from Lower Burrell (Burrell High School)
•    Sarah Blais, junior sociology major from Attleboro, Mass. (Saint Raphael Academy)
•    Lynae Byler, senior nursing major from Salisbury (Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School)
•    Benjamin Carpenter, senior communication (sports broadcasting/information) major from Columbus, Pa. (Corry Area High School)
•    Travis Fife, senior history/secondary education major from Washington (Chartiers-Houston High School)
•    John Flanigan, junior computer forensics major from Frostburg, Md. (Calvary Christian Academy)
•    Anthony Jarrell, senior psychology major from Mount Morris (Waynesburg Central High School)
•    Evan Kephart, senior biblical & ministry studies major from Washington (home schooled)
•    Sireno Mattie, junior English (creative writing) major from Rices Landing (Jefferson Morgan High School)
•    Matthew McNeil, senior biology (pre-dental/medical/veterinary) major from Pasadena, Calif. (Maranatha High School)
•    Brendan Omicioli, junior biblical & ministry studies major from Gowanda, N.Y. (Gowanda Central School)
•    K Scarry, junior psychology major from Herndon, Va. (Oakton High School)
•    Robert Schultz, English (creative writing) major from New Florence (Ligonier Valley High School)
•    Andrea Siciliano, senior history/secondary education major from Finleyville (Ringgold High School)
•    Rachel Wilson, freshman advertising major from Lower Burrell (Burrell High School)
•    Daniel Wise, junior biblical & ministry studies major from Waynesburg (Waynesburg Central High School)

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Topics: Mission Service news, Waynesburg University Mission Trips, Jackson Mission Trip