Nursing student spends summer working with lepers and orphans

September 16, 2009

Local nursing student Autumn McGuffey said her life will never be the same and it’s all because of some lepers and orphans living across the world. ”I was excited, scared, lonely and very happy for two months this summer,” said McGuffey, who traveled to India on an eight-week mission with Adventures in Missions, a religious-based organization that works with the poor around the world.

McGuffey, who is a second-year nursing student at Greenfield Community College, said she loved and disliked the people there and was in awe of their will to survive. ”They’re so poor,” she said. ”But boy, do they have passion.”

McGuffey spent most days working in an orphanage, where children there, who were between the ages of 3 and 12, had either lost their parents or were abandoned by them. Two days a week she worked in a leper colony on the outskirts of town.

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