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UC student shares missions experience in Haiti at Phi Alpha Theta lecture


WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — Recently, Amanda Sickman, a 22-year-old senior at University of the Cumberlands (UC), spoke to a crowd of students at the Phi Alpha Theta lecture series about her summer missions experience in Haiti.

This past summer, Sickman worked at Mission Adventure Camp in Bagdad, Ky. and in Neply, Haiti. At the camp Sickman was a counselor and a leader for a girl’s cabin, Bible Study and evening devotions and several other projects in the community.

“I became interested in mission work after hearing others’ experiences and discovering what an integral part it is of the Christian life,” said Sickman of why she spent her summer serving.

Sickman’s missionary experience lasted a whole month this summer—a week of training followed by three weeks working in Haiti. During Sickman’s first week in Haiti, her missionary group became integrated into the Haitian community. The first week was spent working on the MyLifeSpeaks campus. While working there, she helped with English classes and two feeding programs. She also got the opportunity to visit around the village and meet the community members that they would be helping for her duration in Haiti.

Sickman’s second and third weeks were spent working a children’s day camp and children’s soccer clinic and tournament.

“We had the opportunity to share Christ’s love with children, both in the states and in Haiti, and at camp multiple children made decisions to follow Christ,” said Sickman. “Also, for the team members we left with a renewed perspective on the things that really matter in life.”

Sickman encourages those who have never done mission work to give it a try, and she is eager to go on future mission trips.

“I would absolutely do it again! And I definitely recommend it to others, regardless of where you serve; it’s such a learning opportunity! Doing missions, both stateside and internationally in the same summer, really showed me that love is an international language, and pure joy doesn’t come from circumstances, but from a deeper place of knowing Christ and having hope.”

Sickman is from Owensboro, Ky. and attends Owensboro Christian Church. Her parents are Tim and Sharon Sickman. She is a social studies/secondary education major. After graduation, Sickman plans on seeking a high school teaching position.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.