Archive for Thursday, June 29, 2000

Helping thy fellow man

Staples, Hime are spending summer doing mission work

June 29, 2000

For the second time, Eudora High School graduate Sarah Staples is in India.

This isn't a summer trip abroad. The Kansas State University nursing student is on a mission of medicine and faith.

She's assisting medical teams established by Medics International of Tulsa, Okla., and is sharing her Christian faith with Indian communities.

Staples is one of two Kansas State students from Eudora overseas this summer on mission trips. The other, Justin Hime, is working in Kenya.

Before leaving the states earlier this month, Staples said the trip is a "dream come true."

"I knew I wanted to do medical work," she said. "Part of the heart behind it is to see them know Jesus, but we will work with medicine as well."

No stranger to mission trips, Staples is on her second trip to India. She also has been to Nicaragua.

Staples said she approached the trip without trepidation, but noted that language is one potential problem.

"That's always a barrier. The language, that's something to tackle in the beginning," she said. "I don't know the language. I'm sure they'll have translators or doctors to help us out."

There's also the issue of dress. Because of the different culture, she will have to keep her legs covered by wearing long dresses.

Staples said her main preparation for the trip had been prayer.

"All I can do is pray that the team will get along and work together," Staples said. "Sometimes that's all you can do."

Her previous experience showed her how much she has compared with people living in a third-world country.

"We have so much it's crazy," she said. "I think Americans take a lot for granted."

After her trip and completion of college, she hopes to continue missions of medicine and faith.

"I hope to do this full-time for sure," she said.

Hime, a 1997 EHS grad and senior at Kansas State, is a member of a Christian campus ministry called The Navigators. The family studies major said the decision to travel to Kenya took some thought and prayer.

"I feel that God's really confirmed that he wants me to go, so it's eased my apprehensions," Hime said before leaving at the end of May. "I really felt that God was leading me to go overseas this summer."

Hime is traveling with 11 other college students and two team leaders from four other universities. The Navigators assist missionaries in Kenya, and Hime said he hoped to have a positive impact on the high school and college students he would be working with.

"We're just going to step in and boost that ministry," he said.

Preparing for the trip was more than just emotional or spiritual. Hime had to get vaccinations for yellow fever, typhoid, cholera, hepatitis A, tetanus and polio.

"I've definitely given the health department some business," he said.

Although he's separated from family and unable to use a calling card because of the phone system used where he'll be staying, Hime said he's not too concerned.

"Part of my apprehension is being disconnected from my friends and family in the states," Hime said. "But they do have the postal service and e-mail."

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