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Ohio Christian University students had the opportunity to go on a mission trip this year to Paraguay as one of OCU’s WGM Task Force Teams. Andrea Williamson, Student Involvement Director for WGM, led the team and stayed with them through the duration of the trip.

“I knew right away that this was the team God planned for me to lead. There were no lightening bolts, no clear direction other than this was the one.” – Andrea Williamson

The university team members consisted of five students: Austin Caldwell, Barbee Graves, Haley Robbins, Austin St. Pierre, and Kiirsten Truex. Raising the funds to go to Paraguay was in some ways challenging for the group, and many had to ask tough questions.

Andrea Williamson wrote that, “in the span of three hours, the remaining $1200 was given by multiple people. God is faithful!”

During their time in Paraguay, the team had the privilege of participating in Iglesia Evangelica Mundial (WGM) church services at Buenas Nuevas, Cristo Viene and Nueva Esperanza, two chapel services at the international Asuncion Christian Academy (ACA), and painting a very long wall for Escuela No. 281—a school for grades K-12 in the Herrera neighborhood of Asuncion. WGM Missionaries also joined them at different times throughout the week, and the team was able to communicate with those they ministered through unique ways and a Spanish-speaking student.

Together the students challenged each other to be better Christ-followers while they were together: “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”

Ohio Christian University is proud of our students and faculty who go out of their way to impact the world around us. Thank you for serving.

Read more about the team's adventures in Paraguay in a blog post. 

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