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Carson-Newman student on Honduras mission trip: “God was there”

Carson-Newman student Uliset Alexander makes a new friend while at a school in Tegucigalpa. Alexander was one of 14 team members from Carson-Newman University, Blue Springs Baptist Church and True Life Church who traveled on a mission trip to Honduras earlier this month.

Carson-Newman University students and staff teamed up with members of True Life Church of Jefferson City and Blue Springs Baptist of Rutledge on a recent mission trip to Honduras. From May 6-13, the group of 14 helped spread the gospel and love of Christ through the areas of Rio Dulce, Tegucigalpa, Trujillo and Tocoa Colon.

Carson-Newman University’s Uliset Alexander said the experience is one that will leave a lasting impression.

“This mission trip was definitely a reminder and eye opener for me,” said Alexander a C-N student. “I was able to experience and see first-hand the real struggles that people and children in Honduras face on a daily basis.”

C-N’s Rhyan Baker (center), stands with students at a school in Rio Dulce.

During the week, the team took part in multiple church services, visited five schools, visited homes, and met with and encouraged missionaries. The group also helped run Boys and Girls Club programs where they taught the lesson of Zacchaeus and shared the Gospel of Jesus. Special “teen talks” allowed students to ask questions about their faith and challenging situations to C-N students and team leaders.

“Honduras was an absolutely beautiful trip,” said C-N student Rhyan Baker. “I loved getting know the people there and the people on our team. It was evident that God was there and moving throughout our week.”

Alexander agreed and said the week was a reminder of God’s gifts.

“This trip reminded me that I am so very loved by God and so very blessed, and that every day here with my family alive, well, and free is how He tells me daily how much He loves me. So, I am very grateful to Carson-Newman for the opportunity of allowing me to be part of the work of God that was this mission trip.”

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