Simpson University Nursing Students Serve in India
For Immediate Release
Photo courtesy of Hope for People International / Eight Simpson University nursing students participated in a summer mission trip to Mori, India.
REDDING, Calif. - Eight students from Simpson University’s Betty M. Dean School of Nursing participated in a WorldSERVE mission trip to Mori, India, earlier this summer.
The team worked with Project India Compassion, a ministry of Hope for People International, which is headquartered in Los Angeles. Project India Compassion consists of Subbamma Christian Hospital and Riverside Christian School, which are both located in Mori.
The nursing students helped put on healthcare camps in rural villages with limited or no access to high quality medical care. They performed health assessments, blood pressure checks, glucose tests, and wound care. They also handed out Gospel tracts in the people’s native language of Teluga.
“This team was full of servants for the Lord,” said Rachel Hinrichsen, a nursing student who graduated in 2016. “We are beyond grateful to have the opportunity to serve the unreached people of India. It is incredible that God can use people like us to participate in furthering His Kingdom.”
In addition to village visits, the students also helped with the day-to-day activities at Subbamma Christian Hospital, where they were able to observe a caesarean section birth. They also partnered with students and faculty members from Azusa Pacific University to put on Vacation Bible Schools in local villages and at Riverside Christian School.
“We have faith that God is using every little smile, caring touch, interaction, and medication we have to offer,” said senior Brandi Hess. “He is using every small thing to bring glory to His name and to lead hearts nearer to the healing that comes from Jesus alone.”
The team attended the 20th anniversary celebration of Riverside Christian School, which included a gathering of all the local churches.
“As we all sat as one church, we were reminded of the power of Christ and His church,” said Marvin Delgado, a '16 nursing graduate. “It was a beautiful feeling to be able to praise the same God in a country on the other side of the world.”
To read more about the team’s time in India, visit hope-for-people.org/summer-outreach.
Last year marked the first year Simpson students traveled to Mori and the first healthcare-focused mission trip in Hope for People’s history.
Dr. Solomon Darwin, who oversees Project India Compassion, reached out to Kristie Stephens, dean of the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing, to invite Simpson nursing students to serve at Subbamma Christian Hospital.
“As a Christian mission hospital in India, we are looking for nursing schools to partner with for training our nurses and staff,” Dr. Darwin said. “This was a good match.”
Project India Compassion Trust was founded by Dr. Darwin’s father, Dr. Solomon Raju, who was a science professor at Simpson College in San Francisco for 12 years. Dr. Raju started the organization to continue the work of his mother in providing educational, medical, and spiritual services to the low classes in Southeast India.
Simpson’s Betty M. Dean School of Nursing offers a four-year BSN program and an RN-BSN Track. To learn more, visit simpsonu.edu/nursing.
- Written by Elise Wilson
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