Civitans trying to help send student on mission

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 15, 2006

A local civic club is working to help a medical student raise funds for a medical mission trip to Honduras later this year.

Rachael Hartman, 24, who is in the doctoral program of physical therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, will be traveling to the Central American country June 10, on a two-week mission to help people in the La Ceiba region of that country.

The trip is being made in conjunction with the Christian Medical Ministry of Alabama, a non-denominational ministry in Birmingham and the UAB Physical Therapy School and UAB Medical School.

While in La Ceiba they'll be working in medical clinics and an orphanage and offering evangelism and children's ministry.

&#8220There is a great need in Honduras for medical assistance and even though this doesn't completely solve the problem, it does serve a need and makes the problem less severe for them,” said Civitan Club President Susan Murphy.

&#8220The Civitan Club wants to challenge other civic clubs in Greenville to match our $200 donation so that Rachael can accomplish her mission of helping those less fortunate and in desperate need of medical assistance in Honduras.”

Hartman's father, David, said his daughter's trip typifies what the Christian principle is all about.

&#8220Just knowing the type of person Rachel is she always looks for the good in people and in my mind she's a good example of what a Christian should be,” he said. &#8220All my kids are people oriented and I think (Rachael) has the whole world ahead of her because she's smart, pretty and really works hard. I'm just as proud of her as I can be, just like I am all my kids. I give all the credit to my wife, Suzanne.”

For information on donating to Hartman's trip to Honduras, contact Susan Murphy at 382-3865.