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University Missions Program Makes Big Impact in Brazil

"If you like your life the way it is, don’t go on a mission trip. It will change you in ways you cannot imagine,” said Dr. Cecil Taylor, dean of the University of Mobile’s School of Christian Studies.

Just as participants of mission trips are significantly impacted by the experience, the team of 37 people led by Taylor made
a big difference in Brazil June 10-20.

Team members from UMobile included Dr. Richard McElhaney, dean of the School of Nursing; two staff members; an alumnus and a current graduate student. Twenty-six Alabama Baptists from seven churches also participated in the mission.

Throughout the 10-day project, almost 5,000 people heard the gospel presented, more than 3,000 attended Vacation Bible School and nearly 700 people made decisions to follow Christ.

In addition, the team constructed a chapel for a congregation, provided dental and medical clinics, fitted reading glasses, facilitated a marriage conference and taught English lessons and seminary lectures.

“Brazil holds a special place in my heart,” said Taylor. “It is a ‘harvest place’ where people respond freely and easily to the Christian gospel.”

University Missions was founded in 1992. The program has sent 129 teams including 1,573 people into 45 nations. Throughout its 19 years, about $4.26 million has been raised to support mission work and 12,259 first-time decisions for Christ have been counted as a result of the program.

University Missions sent seven teams during the 2010-2011 academic year, including destinations of Australia, Brazil, Chile, Czech Republic, East Asia, Portugal and Uganda.

Mission trips planned for 2011-2012 include India, Czech Republic, Greece, Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Chile, Uganda, Finland, Portugal, Wales and Angola.
For more information on opportunities for individuals or church groups to participate in upcoming international mission trips, contact the School of Christian Studies at 251.442.2406 or visit the university website at www.umobile.edu.

Cynthia Colvin of First Baptist Aliceville shares Jesus with children in Brazil as
Cee-Cee the clown.

Service project participants meet with locals in the chapel constructed by University
Missions team members in Brazil.

Stacey Rodgers of First Baptist North Mobile served in the University Missions
Brazil project as a dental hygienist.

University Missions team members work to construct a chapel for a church in
Brazil.
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