Missions Opportunities for HSU Students

December 2, 2019 Grace Sosa, Staff Writer

(ABILENE, Texas)-Hardin-Simmons provides multiple opportunities for students to serve their community and world. From local mission projects like building houses, to international trips through GoNow, HSU students are making a difference for Christ.

BSM Students at Houses for Healing
BSM Students at Houses for Healing

Baptist Student Ministries

The BSM’s Community and Church Engagement ministry team has partnered with Houses for Healing this semester. Houses for Healing is a local non-profit organization that provides temporary medical housing to individuals and families who are facing medical hardship. BSM members began volunteering with Houses for Healing during Stampede Week, where they and a group of first-year students cleared out land for new house constructions.

“We have loved working with Houses for Healing and hope to build an ongoing relationship with them,” said Tanner Clarke, BSM director. “It has been an amazing experience doing some of the groundwork for these homes. They serve such a good purpose and are just north of campus so it was a perfect fit for us.”

BSM Students cleared land for Houses for Healing on October 9.
BSM Students cleared land for Houses for Healing on October 9.

The BSM partnered with Houses for Healing again on Oct. 5, clearing land of brush and debris. A highlight video of their ministry is available here.

Baptist Student Ministries also partners with GoNow Missions, which gives students opportunities for week-long, summer-long, and semester-long missions. GoNow has opportunities for various kinds of mission work in several countries and states. Students who are interested in finding out more about trips can stop by the BSM in Connally Mission Center.

The BSM will be participating in Beach Reach this spring break.

“Beach Reach is a unique ministry that cares for Spring Breakers without judgment,” said Clarke. “We want to make sure they have a safe ride and are taken care of…The most important impact though is the eternal impact that Beach Reach has. Last year, 112 spring breakers committed their lives to Jesus for the first time. This ministry shows that if we genuinely love and care for people without judgment, they are open to the gospel. It is an extremely hard ministry with some very late nights, but it is so impactful for the kingdom and for the students who participate on the trip.”

HSU PA students have traveled to Peru and the Dominican Republic for medical missions.
HSU PA students have traveled to Peru and the Dominican Republic for medical missions.

Physician Assistant Program

The HSU PA program will be returning to Peru this summer for a medical mission trip. Even if students, faculty, and staff cannot participate in missions opportunities themselves, the PA program has multiple opportunities to support their cause. The PA program hosted a Parents’ Night Out event in November and will host another on Dec. 6. The most current information regarding PA fundraisers is on the PA Facebook page.

Physical Therapy Program

HSU PT students will be promoting mobility at home and abroad this summer. Locally, they will build wheelchair ramps, assist with home repairs for the disabled, and evaluate and treat patients in Abilene. Internationally, they will customize and distribute wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, and canes for those who do not have access to the basic needs of mobility in Chaing Mai, Thailand. To learn more about the PT trip and to support its mission, visit the FundHSU page.

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