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Katelyn Pick – 2019 Mission Trip to Christ in the City, Denver
“There was a particular experience that really moved me on the last day of our street walks. My group had just finished eating lunch and we were walking around looking for people to talk to. We started walking away when we heard a voice telling us to stop. We stopped and a man using crutches came quickly up to us. He saw we were with Christ in the City and he said he knew one of the missionaries. He told us how he was on the way to the doctor because he just found out he was in stage five of his cancer. He asked us to pray a Hail Mary with him before he had to leave and gave the missionary we were with his number and told him to call whenever and he would love to pray with him or anyone who needs it. This experience brought tears to my eyes because he didn't want anything from us other than to simply pray. He told us he was dedicating the rest of his life to pray for and with people and that really touched me.”

 

Jessica Bedient international Mission Trip Scholarship

Jessica Bedient was passionate about experiencing different cultures and about serving people. To honor her life, which tragically ended in 2010, a foreign mission trip scholarship was established in her memory at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.  Jessica, a 26 year-old newlywed, died on October 13, 2010, four days after she and her husband, Tony Bedient, were in a traffic accident in Omaha.  Tony and Jessica were married just weeks before.

To honor his late wife and allow others to benefit from enriching experiences abroad, Tony Bedient established the foreign travel scholarship in 2012. The permanently endowed fund at the University of Nebraska Foundation provides annual scholarships for students wishing to travel abroad on pilgrimage or to participate in foreign-service missions. The scholarship may not be used for domestic trips. 

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FOCUS Missions

Many students at the UNL Newman Center go on mission trips through FOCUS Missions. This extensive program provides trip opportunities at many times throughout the academic year and summer months to international and domestic destinations.