August 9, 2016 – While some students used their summer break to catch up on sleep and relax, three students from Bryan College traveled to Bratislava, Slovakia in central Europe to serve Christ and Make a Difference in today’s world.
Paige Mishler, Peter Hodgson, and Rebecca McConkey participated in a two-week internship program working with organizations such as the Women’s Safe House, Duha Crisis Center, Vrakuna Children’s Club, and the Slovak Ministry of Labour. The students had the opportunity to meet and share their faith with many people they met along the way, including several children.
“The children I worked with were inspiring, because they appreciated the small things in life and didn’t take them for granted,” Mishler said. “Even though there was a language barrier, we were still able to communicate by showing them the love of God.”
“I will never forget the faces of those children at the crisis center,” McConkey said. “The children were radiant with joy, but underneath that was a brokenness that could only be healed with the love of Jesus Christ that we were sharing.”
In addition to service opportunities, the students had the opportunity to explore some of beautiful central Europe and experience some of the local culture. McConkey took a 15 km hike along the Slovak/Polish border with a Bratislava church group that took them through three different mountains.
Bryan College has had a long relationship with the Duha Crisis Center that allows Bryan interns to work at the center while Duha employees can come to the United States to train with agencies that deal with domestic violence.
Written by Curtis Jolley, social media and communications coordinator