IMG_0914This past March, seven alumni boarded a plane to Honolulu, Hawaii. But this wasn’t a trip meant for relaxing on the beach; the purpose was to serve.

The group partnered with Hawaii Baptist Academy as a part of the school’s Christian Emphasis Week. The group led daily worship times and coordinated activities for the children.

“The theme for the week focused on the country Malawi,” Meredith Long ’09 explained. “Throughout the week, we talked about how important water is to life. The Malawians do not always have access to clean water, but there is a organization that helps bring wells to the various villages. We also spoke about how Jesus is the Living Water and could satisfy much more than our physical thirst.”

“I will never forget my time in Hawaii. God was so faithful in creating our team, which allowed us to work hard, serve well, and laugh often. The relationships that were built within our mission team strengthened my connection with UMHB. This trip made me feel as if I had never left.” —Melinda Tyler ’10

Cortney Dunnahoo Bruce ‘11 said she enjoyed watching how each team member used their gifts and passions to minister to the children.

IMG_0777 “This trip was a breath of fresh air, both literally and emotionally. We met some incredible people who love the Lord and showed us that love daily. Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and I am so thankful I was able to experience it with some wonderful UMHB friends, both new and old.”