Nursing Students, Faculty Travel to Ghana for Missions

Oral Roberts University nursing students and two professors recently traveled to Accra, Ghana for a medical mission trip. On the trip the students volunteered in Manna Mission Hospital, taught medical classes and traveled to two villages to host medical clinics.

The students planned the trip for a solid year. Each week they would meet and pray together. They began to fundraise by washing cars, selling toilet paper, working in restaurants and sending out support letters. The two professors, Dr. Patricia Catts and Rebecca Poore, assigned each student a different medication based off of a wish list from Manna Mission Hospital. Students were in charge of collecting the donated medication throughout the year.

The students were greatly anticipating their 11-hour journey to Ghana. Upon arrival they began working at Manna Mission Hospital, which is under the direction of ORU alumnus Dr. Seth Ablorh. Students helped work in various departments of the hospital each day including operation room, the men's ward, the women's ward and the pharmacy lab.

"We were really close with nursing staff already. It was wonderful to serve the people in the bushes of Africa," said Senior Danielle Giammarino. "It was so fulfilling to go into every man's world as well as exciting. These are the uttermost bounds of the earth."

Students also helped teach medical classes to the hospital staff, including newborn resuscitation, to help the high infant mortality rate. Another project was to compile a disaster management program for the hospital. As a result, relationships grew between students and the hospital staff.

"Working alongside the staff at the Manna Mission Hospital was wonderful. They became our family," said Giammarino. "I will forever be touched by them."

After working at Manna Mission Hospital for several days, the students went to two remote villages to offer free medical clinics. At these clinics students performed eye exams, breast exams, checked vital signs, blood pressure and supplied the villages with medications.

This mission trip was also worth class credit. As a part of the class, students were responsible for 15 small teachings, two larger group teachings and a test while on the trip. They also shared the love of Jesus Christ with those around them. By the end of the trip, there were a total of seven salvations.

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