This year we would like to recognize a few students from the School of Nursing for their incredible service to our community. These students have gone above and beyond their “workship” requirement, and many have even traveled across seas to help serve unreached populations. Below is a brief description from each student illustrating how they reached such impressive milestones and what it looks like to be an outstanding servant in their community and beyond.

Cassidy Brown: 294 Workship hours.

Over the past four years, I have participated in serving my community through Palm Beach Atlantic University’s workship opportunities such as cleaning up Dreyer Park and participating in after-school ministry and child care at Rosemary Village. I was also fortunate enough to be apart of the School of Nursing’s medical mission trip to El Salvador in 2018. On school breaks, I return back home to Massachusetts where I volunteer at my church and at a local non-profit child care program. The program includes both aftercare and summer camp five days a week. The children range from age 5-13 years old and present with an array of emotional, psychosocial, and behavioral problems. Care for them includes assisting them with homework, providing them with games and crafts, preparing them meals, and physical fitness activities. Through caring for these young kids, I get to encourage and love on them showing them their true worth and how much God really loves each and every one of them regardless of the circumstances they are faced with. Over the years it has been a blessing to see so many children grow not only physically, but also spiritually, and I hope to continue to give back to organizations like the ones I have been a part of throughout my vocation.

Primose Lataillade: 206 Workship hours.

I would like to say thank you for this acknowledgment. To begin, I am currently the Program Manager for the Children’s ministry at my church (Philadelphia Church of the Newborns). In this role I help coordinate events such as, Vocational Bible School for children in the West Palm Beach area. I am currently involved in the health ministry at my church. Recently, I’ve helped coordinate a health fair & a health boot camp for not only the congregation but also for the community. I am currently the secretary of an organization called United Christian Athletics ministry (UCAM).  UCAM is an athletic program where my team and I promote education and Christ through sports to underprivileged children. To continue, last year I partnered up with St. Mary’s Child life program in their 6th Annual Superhero Carnival. Lastly, in October 2018, I participated in one of the most humbling events. This event was called the Young Hero 5K.  I was working in the medical tent. This was a very humbling experience because I had the opportunity to serve and get served by cancer patients. 

Kirstin Miller: 617 Workship hours.

Through the first two summers of college, I spent a total of 3 months in Costa Rica serving as a missionary in one of the poorest slums in Central America, la Carpio. While in Costa Rica, I primarily served in a medical clinic, but I helped with other ministries including Bible clubs, math/reading tutoring to youth, recreational ministries, and Vacation Bible schools. Around the PBA area, I have volunteered in the Community Health Clinic (where I often helped with Spanish translation) and at Bridges (where we help teach English to immigrants). I also co-led a middle school girls’ Bible study called “Girl Talk” where we had the privilege of sharing God’s love and biblical truth with them, as well as just talking about life. I loved that ministry, as it is such a pivotal time in a young girl’s life. I have also served on worship teams including the PBA Chapel worship team, one at a church outside of PBA, and helping with worship for women’s conferences and other special events for PBA.

Katie Schuh:  340 Workship hours.

I have been very involved in the community and missions over the past four years. I started volunteering at the Community Health Center freshman year (2015) and have put in over 200 hours volunteering over the past 4 years volunteering and translating for doctors. Freshman year I was the leader of PBA’s medical mission trip to Manaus, Brazil over Spring Break. The summer of 2016 I spent 4 weeks in the Amazon Jungle building a medical clinic in Leticia, Colombia. In 2017 I helped start a non-profit organization called Proyecto Global that was a branch of ITEC that started medical aviation in the Amazon Jungle. In addition, I was a co-leader of the Justice Ministries and helped leader Justice Week in Chapel in 2016 and 2017. In 2017 I was able to be a translator on the El Salvador medical missions’ trip. Following that trip, in the summer of 2017 I went to Zambia, Africa to provide gospel access and medical access to an unreached area. In the fall of 2017 I helped teach ESL with Bridges to refugees from Syria. In 2018 I went back to El Salvador for a second time and helped Bri Andrassy make the video to support Stephen. I was able to help put together and translate for the video. The summer of 2018 I spent 3 months doing missions training in the bush of Africa where I take a WHO course called helping babies breathe, and saved the life of the one baby I delivered by using that course. I have recently been volunteering my time with Overland Missions and helping them to bring gospel access to the geographically unreached of the world. In the free gaps of time between these trips I have been teaching Spanish to PBA students like Maria Fox to help support medical missions.

Drew Mydock: 463 Workship hours.

PBA has offered dozens of opportunities for me to dive deeper into the community. It has always been my hope to have a life outside of nursing and to use my skills to help a friend and/or stranger. One of the hardest yet most rewarding places I’ve served was residence life. Every underclassman guy that I got to do life with sharpened and encouraged me. I also had the chance to serve over the summer with Student Leadership University and pour into high school students. Both of these settings have allowed me space to lead, fail, grow, and celebrate. From a missions’ perspective, I was able to travel to Costa Rica, Panama, and Uganda during my time at PBA and fell in love with medical outreach on a whole new level. These opportunities have fed my love for both missions and discipleship as I hope to pursue overseas mission work down the road. 

Grant Nedlik: 389 Workship hours.

This summer, myself and a group of PBA students traveled to northern Uganda with Global Refuge International to provide medical care to Sudanese refugees for a period of about three weeks.  There, we helped deliver babies, provided prenatal and antenatal care, administered vaccinations, etc.  In the summer of 2017, I worked with Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Germany and Jordan with Operation Mobilization, and Costa Rica with Face of Justice Ministries the December prior. I also served as a peer mentor for the first year experience program for two years, lead small groups through Titus House ministries, and served with after school tutoring with Urban Youth Impact.  

McKenna Mangum: 193 Workship hours:

Over the last four years, I’ve done a few different things. I’ve had the awesome opportunity to consistently teach Sunday school at local churches along with my home church in Idaho. My freshman year I joined the Flourish women’s ministry committee and still currently lead that ministry (we have our retreat this weekend!!). I also served as an RA on campus my sophomore and junior year. After my freshman year, I took a trip to Greece and helped run a gospel centered children’s program there for a week. And last summer, right before my senior year, I went to Uganda to volunteer in a clinic for refugees there.