Greencastle woman to serve in Africa

John Irwin
Hailee Martin poses with school children from her last mission trip to Jamaica.

Hailee Martin is a young woman who has her whole life ahead of her. She is a 2017 graduate of Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in special education.

But she has a passion for helping others, specifically in places where most wouldn’t even think of going, with this verse top of mind. "He said to them, go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”

“My first mission trip out of America was to Jamaica with Five Forks Church youth group,” said Martin. “When I was there it was just in my mind, 'this feels more like home than being back in America does.'” Ever since that experience the summer of her senior year of high school, she never let go of that feeling.

In just a few short weeks Martin will board a plane to take her on her second mission trip out of the country to Mozambique and Uganda, in east Africa. While there she will attend IRIS Harvest School, a hands-on evangelic missions training school.

She will learn how to share the good news with the people of these poverty stricken areas. “When you go into missions, your dying to yourself, you are giving your whole entire life to Christ, its all for Him,” said Martin.

Once there, she will be joined by more than 215 students from all over the country who are in the mission field with IRIS Global Missions as well as a large group of Mozambican Bible students who are training to be pastors in their home providences.

“I just felt I was supposed to be in missions, going to the parts of the world where they don’t know the gospel,” said Martin. “They are just so accepting of the love, because in their culture, it isn’t a thing as much.”

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