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BRISTOL, Tenn., Oct. 9, 2017 – King University alumna Sarah Trent (’15) recently spent
time in Uganda, Africa to help create a video tool for missionaries in the region.
When asked what advice she would give to others who have the opportunity to go on
a mission or service trip, Trent immediately said, “Go. All I can say is to go. I
had moments before I went where I was scared to death to go, but my mom encouraged
me to pray about it. When I prayed, God gave me peace about the trip. Just turn it
all over to God, and he will take care of you. Just go.”
Sarah Trent, and her boyfriend, Zack VanHoy, received a call from friend Alanna Jones,
who spends her days at the Rwenzori Mission School teaching the children of other
missionaries in Bundibugyo, Uganda. Jones asked Trent and VanHoy if they would consider
coming to Uganda to create a video for the regions missionaries, to help retain as
well as gain additional support. VanHoy, skilled at videography, and Trent began planning,
and in two months’ time, they were on the ground in Bundibugyo.
“I had been out of the country to Costa Rica and Nicaragua for study abroad experiences
when I was in school at King University. So, I felt somewhat comfortable,” said Trent.
“We received the word in April that we were cleared to go, and then left on May 24.
It took us a total of four days to get [to Bundibugyo].”
Trent said the missionaries live together in a small compound within the community.
“All of the missionaries bring a different skill to the table,” said Trent. “In addition
to teaching the gospel of Christ, the missionaries also provide healthcare and nutrition
services, educational services, and in some cases can provide the members of the village
While Trent and VanHoy were in Bundibugyo, they worked alongside Pastor Mitchell Ratcliff
to interview members of local tribes in their homes. Questions asked included: what
is life like for you here, what is a normal day like, what their relationship was
with Jesus, and how knowing Jesus has changed their lives.
Now that they are back in the United States, all the video they took in Uganda will
be condensed to create one story missionaries will be able to use to help raise support
for further mission work in Bundibugyo.
The two-week experience was life-changing for Trent. “One of my biggest takeaways
is no matter what they might have to do, the people in Uganda would make time to stop
and spend time talking with you. It reminded me I need to slow down; I need to focus
more on people – who God wants me to talk to that day or who He might be putting in
my life, and I am too busy to realize it. I need to slow down and notice God’s people
rather than focusing on my to-do list.”
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