Local teen heeds inner nudge to mission work

What would lead a red-blooded American teenager to spend not only all her savings but also her 16th birthday and her Spring break working at a malaria clinic in a faraway African nation?

Perhaps it was a poke at her heart from God, but Marissa Chandler, daughter of Fred and Teri Bauch, did just that in March. She had been hearing about plans for a mission trip to Lilongwe, Malawi, since Pastor Mark Hall arrived at First Baptist Church in Comanche last August.

“On the same day the sign-up sheet was up, I handed him my $250 deposit,” Marissa said. She used all her own savings from various jobs plus expected future paychecks and some donations to pay for the mission trip.

“I just felt like I was supposed to go … I just had to go,” she said.

After flying out of Dallas for a day’s layover in Washington, D.C., the group then had a change in Ethiopia before finally landing in Malawi. Marissa said at first her parents were a bit scared of the idea, but then began to pick up on her own excitement. They were in contact every single day of the trip, which took from March 14 until March 26.



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