News & Events at Concordia

Ten Concordia University students serve on Guatemala medical mission trip

Friday, Mar. 20, 2015
Concordia students led group activities with children during their recent medical mission trip to Guatemala.
Concordia students led group activities with children during their recent medical mission trip to Guatemala.

Ten students from Concordia University, Nebraska spent their spring break serving in Guatemala on a medical mission trip led by Concordia’s Associate Professor of Health and Human Performance Jennifer Janousek and Dr. Sarah Matthias, a pediatrician at Complete Children’s Health in Lincoln, Nebraska.

“I enjoyed sharing my love of the culture and people of Guatemala and my public health expertise with the students,” said Janousek. “I also love the opportunity to share God’s love with the Guatemalan people. I think the students gained so much from the experience and grew in their own faiths while serving others in a meaningful way.

The students worked in medical clinics and helped host a health fair to educate Guatemalans and provide them with health information. The group members also shared their faith through children’s ministry programs.

The students prepared for the trip in Janousek’s global health undergraduate course this semester.

Students attending the trip include:

  • Tanel Baehr, senior, Mesa, Ariz.
  • Kelly Murray, senior, Honey Creek, Iowa
  • Joshua Allwardt, senior, Frederick, Md.
  • Lara Bergdolt, senior, Grand Island, Neb.
  • Jami Nekoliczak, senior, Greeley, Neb.
  • Trevor Miller, senior, Lincoln, Neb.
  • Shelby Stolze, senior, Norfolk, Neb.
  • Rosa Gonzales, freshman, Schuyler, Neb.
  • Meredith Hein, senior, Seward, Neb. 
  • Shelby Hohnholt, senior, Rawlins, Wyo.