Spreading the Word

By Shuntaria Wood | January 8, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Spreading the Word

On the trip to Honduras, we held Vacation Bible School for children in the community.

I was blessed with the opportunity to go on my first mission trip with Campbell University’s Campus Ministry. Not only was this my first mission trip, but this was also my first plane ride. The biggest challenge was accepting that my first plane ride would be to a foreign country, Honduras. As we began to near our last and final planning meeting before the big day, I realized that I would be traveling to this foreign country to spread the Word. Regardless of how terrified I may have been about the plane ride, I was comforted once I completely grasped the purpose of the mission trip.

This experience was life-changing and rewarding. The long drives through the mountainous areas were breathtaking. I searched the Web for pictures of Honduras before we arrived, but actually driving through the country was amazing! We met some incredible God-fearing people while in Honduras. It was great to constantly be surrounded by people who shared similar faith. During this trip, we were given the opportunity to spread the Word of God in different ways---through our words and through our actions. We built “pillas” for two families and held Vacation Bible School with the children. Also, we had the chance to play with the children and fellowship with the church family over a final seafood dinner. The Honduran people justified “unconditional/non-materialistic faith.” They lived modestly and were constantly giving thanks to God for the little things He had blessed them with. Oftentimes, in America, we take things for granted without giving God the recognition He deserves for all that we’re blessed with. While on this mission trip, I was able to take a moment and evaluate my spiritual relationship with God. 

Every night, we were encouraged to share a “God” moment that we may have had throughout our days of work. The “God moments” and nightly devotionals were so valuable. Going on this mission trip helped me to realize that people all over the world deal with similar situations, if not worse, which may cause them to stray from God. It’s so easy to lose faith when facing stagnant difficulties in life. Sometimes it seems like no matter how hard you pray, your situation never changes. But, although it may not seem like things are changing, God is modifying the situation in your favor.

If you are ever given the opportunity to travel to a foreign country, make sure you have a strong connection with God so that you are able to effectively share the Word of life with others and make sure that you are open to cultural differences.


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Meet Shuntaria Wood


Shuntaria Wood

Major

Mathematics with a Teacher Licensure

Year

Junior

Hometown

High Point, NC

My Story

Hi! My name is Shuntaria Wood, and I am a junior Teaching Fellow. My program major is mathematics with a teacher licensure. I am the youngest of three children, and I have the most amazing parents.  I was born in High Point, North Carolina and raised in Thomasville, North Carolina.  Thomasville is a small town between Lexington and High Point.  My hometown is most famous for its furniture and the big chair downtown.  In Thomasville, everybody knows just about everybody!

My family is very close-knit and deeply involved in the church, as am I.  My involvement in the church throughout my life has allowed me to grow spiritually and rely strongly on God in everything I do.  When I began applying for college back in 2011, I knew that I wanted to attend a school that was built on religion, and immediately after my first visit to Campbell University, I knew it was the school for me!

I’ve experienced so much while here at Campbell, and I look forward to the opportunities ahead.  After Campbell, I plan to pursue a career in education as a high school mathematics teacher.  I anticipate the day when I will apply all of my knowledge I’ve been acquiring into my classroom.  My ultimate goal is to grow further in my educational studies and obtain an administrative position in schools such as superintendent or principal.  My involvement in campus activities, specifically Campus Ministry, has provided me with the guidance that I need and the reassurance of my passions in life.  Teaching is my passion, and my vision is to positively impact the lives of my students through my lessons and classroom activities.  Education is the golden key to life’s opportunities; it cannot be taken for granted.

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