A World of Difference (June 13, 2012)

Twenty Prairie Bible Institute EMT and Practical Nursing students and leaders are preparing to serve half-way around the world in Llongwe, Malawi, and Hyderabad, India, this summer.

The Malawi Team is made up of first-year EMT and Practical Nursing students and departs June 29, 2012. They will spend three weeks at African Bible College's Community Hospital, Crisis Care Nursery and Mobile Clinic. Issues that impact Malawian society include HIV, AIDS, malaria, extreme poverty and famine, challenges that can be extremely difficult for North Americans to fully understand.

Team Leaders and local residents Joy and Dave Schellenberg share what motivates their team to go: "Even as the needs are great and the conditions are challenging, our team is going to share the love of Jesus Christ with the Malawian people as we strive to meet their physical needs."

Glenn Loewen, Dean of Education at Prairie Bible Institute, is excited about these global opportunities. "This is what we are about here," he says. "It is not just about acquiring knowledge and skills, but using these to address the world's greatest needs, whether here at home or around the world."

Team Leader, Becky Berdahl RN is leading the International Practicum team to Hyderabad, India, from June 19-July 8, 2012. They will partner with OM India (Operation Mobilization), an organization committed to empowering the underprivileged and oppressed, particularly the "Dalits" or outcasts.

"Having visited the country for the first time in 2011 I have seen first-hand how desperate the Indian people are for the basic community health education to which we in Canada so easily have access," says Becky. Her experience last year has informed what the team will do when they are in India including teaching on and addressing health-related issues including nutrition, lifestyle choices, infant/maternal health, acute health issues and self-esteem. They will also conduct community assessments that will lead to a deeper understanding of where some of the wide-spread health issues originate and address the source of the problem, not just the symptom.

Prairie is grateful for everyone who has supported these teams through prayer and finances. The groups have held dessert auctions, bottle drives, church presentations, jewellery sales and even the first ever golf tournament specifically in support of these international initiatives. The school also wants to recognize everyone who has provided medical supplies, malaria medications, baby quilts, prizes for the golf tournament, time and advice.

More information about these trips including support letters can be found at www.prairie.edu/helpourworld.

Prairie College of Applied Arts & Technology (PCAAT) began in 2006 with a vision to integrate Christian education with hands-on training in a wide variety of areas. About 100 students are expected to enrol in Practical Nursing, Emergency Medical Technician, Sports Management & Leadership, Digital Media and ESL programs next fall. Over the past five years students have made an impact in Guatemala, Mozambique, India and the Philippines. For more information, please visit www.prairie.edu/PCAAT or drop in for a visit.


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