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Walk benefits HonduraServe program

Friday, September 19, 2008   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Katy Watson
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By Kimberlee Rhodes

 Walk for Honduras will kick off its third year on Oklahoma Christian University's campus to support the work of Mission Predisan in Catacamas, Honduras next weekend. Predisan is a multi-faceted Christian ministry that provides physical healing and spiritual hope at nine clinics in Eastern Honduras.

The walk will begin Sunday, Sept. 28th at 1:30 p.m. in the Oklahoma Christian Forum. The cost to participate is $10 including a T-Shirt and lunch at 12:30 p.m.

“Last year, our OKC Walk goal was $100,000, and we met it,” Lindy Adams, director of church and public relations for Predisan, said. “This year, our goal is $125,000, but we aren't there yet.”

While donations are always appreciated, Adams said the greatest need right now is walkers.

“Last year, OC students made up about half of our walkers,” Adams said. “We need students, faculty and staff to come out.”

Oklahoma Christian and Predisan have an agreement to partner in HonduraServe, a service learning program. HonduraServe was developed by John Osborne, director of International Programs at Oklahoma Christian, and Amanda Madrid, Predisan founding medical director and Oklahoma Christian adjunct profoessor. Several faculty members have also served with Predisan or led teams to Honduras. The HonduraServe program took 13 nursing and other students to Predisan last May for a work study program.

“Everything we did was based out of the Predisan facilities,” Senior nursing student, Amy Gregg said. “We went to the mountain clinics to treat those who didn't have transportation, gave shots and learned about their health care system.”

The nursing students also shadowed several nurses and doctors at Predisan clinics for a few days and went to the community hospital to see the other side of the Honduran health care system.

“It was very dirty, and the patients were not efficiently cared for,” Gregg said. “Predisan is different from all other clinics. It has very nice facilities, and every other morning the staff meets together to have chapel.”

Predisan clinics provide more than 42,000 patient services each year. Walk for Honduras is hosted four times each year in different cities, including Atlanta, Dallas and Oklahoma City, and has already made an impact on the success of Predisan and medical missions in Honduras by raising $240,000.

“It's amazing,” Elizabeth Kendall, a nursing student said. “Predisan is some of the only medical care that these people get, and Walk for Honduras is one of the main ways they get this money.”

There are four ways students can sign up for the walk. One way is through social service clubs. The clubs compete for prizes including an ice sculpture and other prizes. Last year, Iota Kappa Phi won the competition with the highest percentage of club members in attendance.

“I believe that one of the most important reasons for clubs to participate in service projects, like the Walk for Honduras, is because of the unity it builds,” Laura Gibbs, president of Iota, said. “After participating in things like this, I've seen the unity it builds not just between individual club members in the same club, but also between the clubs themselves.”

Gibbs encourages any individual or clubs who haven't participated in the walk to start this year.

“Working toward a common purpose, such as raising money for Honduras, brings everyone together to do what we are called as Christians to do,” Gibbs said.

Many students have gathered over the past three years to walk for the people of Honduras.

“I like how the school came together on the project,” senior Dylan Diprima, said. “It seemed like a great cause, and I could do something good with friends.”

Students may also participate through student teams like Outreach, Philiatros, the Student Nurses Association and the freshmen class. Several students have signed up to be leaders of these groups, but more are needed.

“Walk leaders who sign up with three to nine students get a $10 gift card,” Adams said. “Those who sign up 10 or more students get a $25 gift card.”

Another way to sign up is at a local church congregation, or visiting www.predisan.org/okc.

“Sign-ups are taking place at Memorial Road Church of Christ, Quail Springs Church of Christ, New Hope and Dayspring congregations,” Adams said.

This year, Predisan needs to raise $1.25 million to support work in Honduras.


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