Lending helping hands

ClassHardin-Simmons University students in the Department of Physical Therapy work with special needs campers at the Joni & Friends Family Camp 2017 in Navasota. The will follow that camp with a mission trip to Peru. Photos courtesy Jacob Brewer, HSU Department of Physical Therapy. See more photos in Faith and Action by clicking here.

HSU students hear from Dr. Virginia Connally in preparation for medical mission to Peru

Virginia Connally with HSU class

Dr. Virginia, a Hardin-Simmons University graduate and Abilene’s first female physician, is welcomed to an HSU physical therapy class by left to right, Allison Ball, Kelli Baker, Virginia, Laura O’Beirne, and Dani Kline. The students, who will go on a medical mission trip to Peru in July, heard Dr. Connally’s stories about her own medical missions. Photo by Loretta Fulton


By Loretta Fulton

Anyone getting ready for a medical mission trip to an international destination naturally would have some worries.

Knowing the language should not be one of them, according to a young woman who has been there.

“Don’t worry about knowing the language,” said Keelan O’Connell Camacho. “The universal language is love.”

And that is exactly what a group of Hardin-Simmons University physical therapy students and professors are getting ready to share and to experience when they arrive in Peru in July for a medical mission trip.