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Evangel's Medical Mission Team Treats Nearly 1,200

El Salvador was the destination of choice for 14 students from Evangel University (AG), Springfield, Missouri, during spring break.



The health professions students, traveling with Dr. Michael Tenneson, biology professor and health professions adviser, worked with nurses, physicians, dentists, an optometrist and a pharmacist to provide five days of medical clinics in two locations in El Salvador.




During five days of clinics, 1,182 patients were treated (620 medical, 450 optical, 112 dental), and 106 people chose to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.




"Students played a central role in this work, demonstrating very high levels of professionalism, self-sacrifice and spiritual maturity," Tenneson said.



"My decision to go to El Salvador was a complete leap of faith," said Meleah Crockett, sophomore biology/nursing major from Billings, Missouri. "My heart was broken for the people we served, and I have never felt more confident that God has called me to reach the people who need physical and spiritual healing."



Springfield (Missouri) physician Dr. Richard Honderick, a 1971 graduate of Evangel, led the medical team, while the HealthCare Ministries were directed by Kathleen Ewing, a nurse from Washington State.



"It was obvious the people there were in desperate need of medical attention," Tenneson said. "People often walked or rode buses or bicycles for more than three hours to get to the clinic."



"The trip was pretty indescribable," said Andrea Greer, senior biology major from St. Francis, Wisconsin. "I learned so much from the experience, and I have also deepened my relationship with the Lord."



For more information about Evangel University, see its Web site at

Holly Bass and Mindy Scheperle

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