In mid-December, a group of 18 La Sierra students, two biology faculty members and a faculty member’s spouse departed for Guatemala City as participants in the Pre-Medical Society’s annual humanitarian outreach to the Central American country. La Sierra University students began planning several months in advance for their 2,720-mile mission trip to Guatemala, collecting dozens of pairs of shoes, hundreds of stuffed toys and other items for distribution to orphans, seniors, pediatric and hospice patients, and families in need. Their eight-day trek around the country to aid others through donations, health care assistance and other outreach activities would require sleeping bags as beds each night and big steps outside of their comfort zones.
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