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July 15, 2015


Cowley employee takes part in second short-term mission trip


Alysa Parson


Following in the footsteps of her family, Cowley College student services representative Alysa Parson took her first short-term mission trip in the summer of 2014. The trip turned out to be a life changing experience for Parson, who recently returned from her second short-term mission trip in Kampala, Uganda.


This year’s trip took place from June 19 to July 5. Parson’s church, Central Community Church of God in Wichita, KS, has worked with long term missionaries Tim and Colleen Stevenson since 2007, and has sent one to two teams each year. Parson’s mother, Valerie, father, Fred, and brother, Christopher, had previously been on the trips, so when her mother was preparing to go on the 2014 trip, she suggested Alysa consider it.


“My life hasn’t been the same since,” Parson said.


On her first short-term mission trip to Uganda, Parson spent two weeks visiting schools and churches, of which one week was spent in a village south of the Equator with no electricity or running water.


“That week showed me how hard some people have to work just for the simple things that I take for granted on a daily basis,” Parson said. “The women would walk nearly two miles with five gallon plastic jugs just to retrieve the water from a little river before they would have to purify it so that it was usable.”


Parson’s church raises project funds to build new churches while the missionaries are in Africa.


“Since 2007, we have sent 16 teams and built 15 new churches,” Parson said. “We have also helped with medical costs, visit jjajjas (grandmothers) and take them food, as well as working with the TAPP (Tumaini “hope” AIDS Prevention Program) ladies and visiting them.”


Parson said the main objective is to simply spend time with the people of Uganda—get to know them, find out what their needs are, and build relationships.


Parson sponsors a child in Uganda through the Children of Promise organization (


“These trips have honestly changed the way I view the world—blessings come in different sizes, and it’s important for me to remember to be grateful for everything God has given me,” Parson said. “It also shows me how much need is in the world, and that sometimes God blesses me so that I can in turn bless someone else.”