J-Team 2021

Now introducing our 2021 J-Team!

Every year, we get the amazing privilege of hosting interns for a 3 month duration. Our intern program is something that we eagerly look forward to, and we are always so excited to share our ministry with other mission-minded young adults who are looking to experience life on the mission field. Our interns assist in the hospital, help host teams, play a role in medical brigades to the surrounding villages, and a wide array of other activities that play a key role in helping our ministry function in a way that honors and glorifies the Lord. 

This summer, we got the opportunity to host six different interns, and we know that you are eager to see and hear more about them. So, without further adieu, meet our 2021 J-Team. 

Hayden Welford graduated from the University of South Alabama with a degree in finance. After working in finance for a while he felt the Lord calling him to go to ministry school at City Hope College where he graduated in May 2021. Hayden came to Honduras on two previous mission trips and decided the Lord was leading him to a longer stay at the Jungle Hospital. After saying “YES” to the call to go, he packed and left within 10 days to embark on a one year journey of medical missions. His heart is for children and that has been so evident during his stay. No matter the task, he approached every project with a readiness to serve. After his internship, he will continue his education by studying nursing with the goal of serving in medical missions as a full-time missionary. He has been a great asset to our team and we are thankful for his continued service with us.

Noah White is a senior at Lee University. He is double majoring in biology and disaster management with the intent of attending medical school. Noah’s heart is to serve in the Middle East as a medical missionary. His heart for that area of the world is noticeable from the very mention of it. Noah excelled here at the Jungle Hospital. He was such a blessing to our team. We wish him all the best and hope that he will continue to visit. 

Ally Schall is a senior at Lee University. She will complete her BSN May 2022. Following graduation, Ally intends to work at the Cleveland Clinic as a nurse. Her interests include wound and burn care. Afterward obtaining adequate experience, Ally would like to partner with Samaritan’s Purse as a medical missionary. Ally was a major asset in the hospital. She was always willing to lend a hand wherever needed and connected well with our patients. 

Ben Yockers is a first year medical student at the University of South Alabama. Ben came to the Jungle Hospital on a mission trip and decided that he wanted to experience more medical missions, so he applied for the internship. And, we are so glad that he did. Ben desires to become a medical provider and reside in the states while attending medical mission trips as a provider in the future. Ben was so helpful throughout his tenure here. He went above and beyond to make sure that others were cared for during his stay.

Rachel Crandall is a junior at Texas A&M. Rachel is studying biology with the intent of attending medical school following her undergraduate studies. While participating in the World Race, Rachel realized her call to medical missions. After completing her residency, Rachel desires to serve as a medical missionary to the Middle East. Rachel desires to go where no one else desires to go to tend to the medical needs of those who are deeply oppressed. Rachel was our fireball this summer. She brought so much energy and enthusiasm to each task she put her hands to. She also led us in worship, and shared all things Texas with our intern team. She even taught them how to line dance.

Alanna Jolley is a senior at Lee University. She is set to graduate two weeks upon her return from the internship. Alanna is studying missiology with the intent of serving the nations as a missionary. Alanna’s willingness to serve and make others feel cared for has been so evident. She is always looking to cook someone a meal or just sit and listen to others to demonstrate care. Alanna cooked the best dishes and shared with all other interns. She enjoyed being in the hospital and participating in women’s ministry activities. 

We had an amazing group of interns this summer. Each one unique in his or her own way, but it was incredible to witness how God unified their group and partnered with each of them for His glory. We watched as these interns served with all their hearts to make sure that the love of Jesus was demonstrated. We are immensely grateful for each of them that they would want to spend their summer here serving the beautiful, rural Cuenca Cangrejal.