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VFCC Students Studying Abroad

by Office of Marketing | Nov 08, 2010
During the fall 2010 semester, two Valley Forge Christian College students are studying abroad. In August, senior, Maribeth Heshler traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica, and junior, Rachel Martin journeyed to Uganda. 

Maribeth Heshler has always dreamed of being a missionary, so spending a semester in Costa Rica is a dream come true. During the month of August, she helped at Latin America Child Care and also had the privilege of teaching English for two weeks at a Latin American school. For the rest of her stay, she will spend every weekday at language school, taking classes in grammar, conversation, phonetics, missiology and cultural integration. She will return to VFCC with 18 credits toward a Spanish minor. Being in Costa Rica has confirmed even more to Maribeth that God has called her to that location as a future missionary. In May 2011, Maribeth will graduate from VFCC with a world missions major. Following graduation, she plans to apply for the Assemblies of God Missionary-in-Training program so she can continue following her dream. 

Rachel Martin is the daughter of missionaries, and for a four-year period, her family lived in Africa. That experience established a passion in Rachel for the continent of Africa that she has never forgotten. The primary focus of Rachel's stay in Uganda is to complete her junior social work practicum at CHAIN, an orphanage and school that focuses on the growth and development of neglected children. At CHAIN, the children are cared for, educated and loved. Rachel's responsibilities at the organization include everything from washing clothes to counseling - and everything in between. 

When she's not ministering at CHAIN, Rachel may be found white water rafting down the Nile River, on safari, camping, shopping or hiking. She has visited Rwanda, Jinja, Kabale, Mbale, Kampala, Entebbe and Soroti. She has also participated in "home stays," which has given her the opportunity to stay with African families both close to the school and in rural settings. Rachel will leave Uganda on December 14, and return to VFCC in January to finish her last year of classes. She will graduate in December 2011. You can read about Rachel's experiences by checking out her blog.