While some students may travel to
the beach for spring break, HSU Physician Assistant (PA) students will travel
to Peru to minister to the community of Chocco. This medical mission trip will
provide basic clinic services including the distribution of medication and
equipment. The students will also hold education classes on water filter
construction and basic hygiene.
Mackenzie Messinger, a current PA
student and class chaplain, has coordinated the details of the trip.
"We have a unique
opportunity to provide tangible care and meet a physical need," she said.
"Our program wants to develop PA's that reach out, instead of just working
for themselves and making money. We are so excited to have the opportunity to
A group of 20 individuals including
HSU PA students, faculty, and members of the community will leave for Peru on
Mar. 8 and return Mar. 17.
While the trip will only last ten
days, the results will be long-lasting.
"We are partnering with
Buckner International to reach the community of Chocco,” said Messinger. “Buckner
works to create Family Hope Centers focused on reconciling and restoring
families by meeting them where they are and engaging in long-term work to
create a self-sustaining localized ministry. We, as HSU PA, will be a part of
an investigative trip, working to find the community’s needs, meet medical
needs, and build trust with the people of Chocco.”
The goal of Buckner’s work in
Chocco is for the Family Hope Center to eventually be run by members of the
community. HSU PA hopes to return to Chocco and continue to build relationships
with this group of people.
“Buckner International has been
supporting orphans and families for years both locally and globally,” said Dr.
Jennifer Eames, Director of the Physician Assistant Program. “We are thrilled
to partner with them as the first medical team to this region where they hope
to establish a greater long term presence.”
There are many
ways to help the PA program prepare for their mission trip. The group is
accepting donations of medical supplies such as hand sanitizer, sunscreen, and
feminine hygiene pads. They are also requesting medications such as vitamins,
Advil, Iron supplements, and lice shampoo. Other needs include toothpaste and
toothbrushes, gloves, Ziploc bags, Sharpies, and socks.
The PA students
are also accepting monetary donations. One of the best ways to give is to
attend their benefit event. Mentalist Grant Price will be performing his show
“Mental” on Feb. 22 at 7:00 p.m. in Behrens Auditorium. The event is free, but
all donations will benefit the mission trip.
explained that a mentalist does not use evil spirits to read people’s mind.
Instead, he observes things that other people might miss.
that's cool about mentalism is that it causes you to wonder again,” she said. “There
is such a lack of awe in people today, but seeing a show like this can even
help point you back to God, because we can't fully comprehend him either.”
If you have
questions or would like to make a donation, please contact Mackenzie Messinger