CLEVELAND, Ga. – “These students get to hear the word of God from a fresh voice, and it’s like hearing the message for the first time,” said Savannah Whaley, a junior Education major at Truett McConnell University (TMU), about a recent mission trip to Anchorage, Alaska.

During their time in Alaska, they ventured around the Anchorage and Mat-Su Valley area hiking and exploring nature up close. The team also gave out information about the Laverne Griffin Youth Recreation Camp in Wasilla, Alaska, which another TMU mission team will be serving at this summer.

However, the most interesting aspect of the journey, was our visits to two local private Christian schools. Through the leadership of Dr. Robert S. Bowen, Dean of The Pilgram Marpeck School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Associate Professor of Physiology, we performed five science experiments in front of nearly 200 pre-K through high school-aged students. Each experiment related back to the Bible and ultimately culminated in a Gospel presentation. Moreover, the demonstrations included active participation with the ability for the students to also do the experiments at home.

Whaley recalled how thankful the teachers were for the experience, “[They were] so grateful for the hands-on experience we had provided for the students, and beyond thankful that we had shared the Gospel.”

The Alaska trip highlighted a characteristic so many of us love about TMU. Regardless if it’s across the world or right at home in the United States; our goal is to simply show what God has done for us and how He is ever-present in our world.

Expressing hope for the coming trips to Alaska, Bowen said, “Undoubtedly, TMU will continue to see Alaskans won to Christ as our students continue to pierce the darkness through all means necessary, whether it’s through summer camps, science in schools, or door-to-door evangelism.”


Corley is a junior English major at TMU.

Photo/Corley Humphrey

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