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UC student returns from medical mission trip to Nicaragua


Williamsburg, Ky. – Sarah England (Versailles, Ky.), a biology major and junior at University of the Cumberlands (UC), recently returned from Nicaragua where she had been on a medical mission trip.

“I just have a heart for other countries,” said England about doing missions. “God’s given me that passion and I want to use it.”

England went to Nicaragua with about 20 family and friends from Parkway Baptist Church in Bardstown, Kentucky. They worked on Ometepe Island, located off the coast of Nicaragua. The team painted murals at the church and did a children’s ministry while England worked triage at the medical clinics and saw patients. On different days they specifically helped kids, women, young girls and men. The Nicaraguans don’t have a lot of medical care and England said they mostly needed simple stuff like Tylenol and vitamins.

Every day before the people came to the medical clinic, the pastor presented the Gospel to them while they waited. England had a chance to use the gifts that God gave her, which provided the people with an opportunity to hear the Gospel.

“I enjoyed getting to know the people and I love going to other countries. The focus is based on relationships and they’re not worried on where they need to be next or when. They’re concerned about growing in their relationships with Christ. They help one another grow and open up about their struggles which is something not really found in the states,” said England.

England has been involved in the Appalachian summer team at UC and also the Acts 1:8 mission trip to Murray, Kentucky and Zimbabwe in the summer of 2013. She definitely wants to continue doing missions work throughout her college career. After she finishes medical school, she wants to do full time mission work while practicing medicine.

“Wherever God calls me, I’m willing to go,” said England.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; ten pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information, visit

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