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Witnessing a powerful force for good in Honduras

Submitted and written by Erinn Proehl '13
Posted: Mar 22, 2017

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"This was my third time to go to Honduras and the eighth time for my wife, Kelsey (McNulty) Proehl ’13." — Erinn Proehl '13, Olivet Nazarene University alumnus

As Christians, all of us have the same principal callings: Go and make disciples. Pick up your cross and follow Him. To name just two.

Each of us also has a specific mission on earth, personalized to us. Introducing college students to their responsibility for making a global impact is one of my most realized personal missions. Pair that with the obligation I have as a Christian to care for the orphaned, and it is no astonishment that I spent spring break 2017 in a developing country with Olivet students.

I am probably the least likely person to go on a mission trip. I love cool air and hot water, American food and a comfortable bed. I continue to go on mission trips — this trip was my 11th — because I have the opportunity to fully live how God intended us to live. Serving Him from the moment we wake up until the moment our heads hit the pillows. If I can bring others along to multiply the mission, that’s a game-changer for me.

This was my third time to go to Honduras and the eighth time for my wife, Kelsey (McNulty) Proehl ’13. She is a registered nurse, working in labor and delivery at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. I am the acting director of Olivet’s Office of Alumni Relations. On the spring break 2017 trip, we brought along 17 Olivet students. Eight members of this team are studying in Olivet’s School of Business and are part of the successful Enactus team.

We worked at The Garden of Love and Hope, sponsored by Footsteps Missions, in Santa Barbara, Honduras. This is a highly effective center for economic orphans. Though the children still have some type of guardian, they spend the day at The Garden and receive a hot meal, help on homework and, most importantly, love and hope.

One of our team’s assignments was to teach job training and business skills to the youth. The goal was to prepare them for the Job Skills Center that will be available to them in summer 2017. The Center will help equip the children at the orphanage with practical job skills, giving them a hand up from the cycle of poverty.

Olivet’s business students on our team put together an excellent curriculum to teach valuable job skills to the youth: customer service, interpersonal skills, inventory, supply and demand, and cleanliness in the workplace. Each day they taught a two-hour business lesson with an application and activities.

At the end of the week, our team led a case study with 12 teens. The youth came up with a product, store name, prices and target market. Then they sold their product to earn money for attending a camp/retreat. Using the tools that our Olivet students provided during the training sessions each day, they raised a few hundred dollars.

This trip proved to me once again that Olivet students are a powerful force for good. They showed me how we can be effective players in trying to combat the issues of poverty, hunger and darkness in our world.

To learn more about Olivet’s Missions In Action mission opportunities, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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