AB Student's Recap of Puerto Rico Mission Trip
Written by Kari Sisk, student at Alderson Broaddus University
On March 5, 2020, eight students and two faculty members from Alderson Broaddus University began their journey to Puerto Rico to carry out a ‘Rebuilding, Restoring, Renewing Puerto Rico’ mission project with American Baptist Home Mission Societies. Upon safe arrival, our team was welcomed by Abigail Medina Betancourt at the housing and given our work tasks for the week. Work immediately began at 7:00 am the following morning at the Seminario Evangelico de Puerto Rico.
For four days, our team worked at the seminary, completing projects such as scraping and painting, demolition of a kitchen, cleaning roofs, raking leaves, and helping with basic repairs at the seminary housing. On the final workday, our team prepared and served over 200 meals to the homeless with the Iglesia Bautista La Ciudad Deseada. After serving the meals, our donation items of personal hygiene products were taken to a nonprofit center that serves the homeless . We then ended the day with a joint workshop service with the students at Colegio Bautista de Caguas.
Our trip was surrounded with God’s love, grace and mercy. We were blessed with this opportunity, able to complete it prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. Please be in prayer for Puerto Rico as they continue to recover from numerous natural disasters.