Who says it takes a lifetime to make your dreams come true? Just barely out of college, these alumni are already on the fast track to achieving success in its various forms. Whether they aspire to climb the corporate ladder, travel the world, or give their lives away in full-time ministry, Olivetians are making an impact in their homes, in their churches and in their communities around the globe.
tRIp at a GLaNcE • 27,000 miles — 24,000 miles by air and 3,000 miles by land • 25 bags in all — one bag filled with tooth- paste and toothbrushes only; other bags packed with blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes, thermom- eters, a baby scale, a standing scale, blood sugar testing machines and test strips, wound care supplies • 22-hour bus ride from Buenos Aires to laguna Blanca • Mission: Assist the Argentine Church by con- ducting medical clinics; providing dental hygiene training; distributing cloth- ing; evangelizing to children; and helping the toba people have clean drinking water • 900-plus patients served during five days of six-hour clinics www.olivet.edu Issue 3 | 2011 The Olivetian 9 feature story By laura Wasson Warfel hearing the roar of the mighty igauzu falls. gazing at con- stellations in tHe soutHern HemispHere sky from laguna blanca. Swatting giant mosquitoes. Eating pizza with no red sauce — just cheese, ham, egg, olives and peppers. But for the Olivet students and professors who spent two weeks [May 20 through June 4] on a mission trip in Argentina, their entire trip was memorable. they will always remember … … how God made it possible for them to go Ashley: “I work at Pizza Hut. One weekend, I told God that I would put all the money I earned toward my trip. I made the most I’ve ever made.” TiffAny: “I joined the group a little late as a substitute for another professor. The details came together so quickly and easily. I knew that this was what the Lord wanted me to do. This was the longest time I’d ever been away from my 8-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son.” … People they met freddy: “Persida, the Toba nurse who worked with us, works harder than I will probably ever work in my life. She’s the most giving person I’ve ever met. Every day, she works with people who are sick and have com- plaints. She has to be so strong in her Christian faith to continue to do that.” Ashley: “Carlos [a global Nazarene missionary] showed us the character of Christ. He drove the bus 20 hours by himself, and never complained or got angry. A very patient man and really funny, too!” TiffAny: “Carlos found us the best food. He made sure we had mosquito repellant, sunscreen and water. His stories about Argentina and the people helped us connect. The time he spent with us was his vacation time.” Mike: “Ita, a hairdresser, came with us from Buenos Aires. Every day, she washed and cut the Toba people’s hair. She also did lice treatments when needed.” … Care they provided freddy: “The clinics were like a doctor’s office on caffeine. Everyone worked very quickly, but took breaks when they could. I translated conversations between Mike, Rosalie [Tuttle], Tiffany and Persida, the nurse. I also translated for the nurses a few times to help them communi- cate instructions to patients.” Ashley: “When we took out the toothbrushes and toothpaste to give to the kids, they began grab- bing because they wanted the stuff so badly. We learned that for something free in a poverty situ- ation, we had to give out things one at a time.” … Cultural differences they noticed TiffAny: “On the first Sunday we were there [in Buenos Aires], we had dinner with the youth pastor [of Moreno Church of the Nazarene]. We spent two hours eating, and then two hours drink- ing maté [tea] and talking. I realized this wasn’t just for us. That is what they do all the time.” Ashley: “The Argentine people are very friendly and welcoming. Sharing is part of their community. Soccer is a huge part of their life. We saw people playing soccer everywhere. … Outreach they did Mike: “This was my ninth mission trip to work with the Toba people. I wanted to find some way to help each house- hold purify their own water. We researched this in the engineer- ing department before the trip. “The easiest way we found was solar disinfectant. Putting unclean water in a bottle in the sun for six hours kills most of the bacteria that could make the people sick. I gave train- ing, then left materials on lami- nated sheets for Persida to use in explaining this to the families.” … What they learned Ashley: “I wore the same clothes over and over during the five days we were traveling from village to village. I realized that I don’t need to spend all my money on clothes. We couldn’t use our cellphones. I had more free time to read my Bible and talk with God. My fire for the Lord was reignited. I feel God calling me to missions. I want to do more medical mission trips for longer periods of time.” freddy: “It’s not about what we did while we were there. It’s about the relationships we made. Even though Spanish and communication were the reasons I was there, I built relationships with the Toba kids. God used us as a blessing to them. Please pray for the Toba people. “Toward the end of our trip, Carlos took us to Iguazu Falls. As we looked at the Falls, he said to me: ‘When God made these, he knew you would see them one day.’ That brought everything into focus. God’s love is so big. He has everyone’s heart in mind.” 2011 nursing and engineering mission trip OLIvEt tEam mEmBERs Ashley Borggren ’13 (nursing), Kankakee, Ill. Clarissa Cox ’13 (nursing), Beardstown, Ill. treavor Dodsworth ’14 (biology, religious studies), Vernon, Colo. Brianna lomas ’13 (Spanish, accounting), loves Park, Ill. Ashley Morgan ’11 (nursing), Coldwater, Mich. holly Pflederer ’12 (nursing), Morton, Ill. freddy Shoffstall ’12 (Spanish education), holt, Mich. Melissa tanner ’12 (nursing), Kankakee, Ill. Kori yergler ’12 (nursing), Gibson City, Ill. Prof. Mike Morgan (engineering) Dr. Rosalie tuttle (nursing) Prof. tiffany (hardy) Greer ’97 (nursing) Professor Tiffany Greer, Professor Mike Morgan, Ashley Morgan, and Freddy Shoffstall share some of the highlights from their work in Argentina. SUBMITTED PHOTOS aRGENtINa BlESSING