Leandra Furtado is a student at Southeastern University where she's part of Destinations, Department of Spiritual Formation at Southeastern University. Read on below to find out more about Leandra, why she's joining MCC2014, and how you can be
Destinantions is the mission department at Southeaster University. Each year, hundreds of SEU students, faculty, and staff travel to dozens of countries to serve those in need and bring life. Lives are changed in the places they visit, but they return changed, as well. This past year, Destination recruited and sent 36 teams out to 34 different countries. Each team accomplished a different goal, from medical health initiatives, empowering women, caring for orphans, feeding the hungry, and more. There are two full-length documentaries that have come out of Destinations - Tanzania and Cambodia. These documentaries are screened for free to bring awareness to poverty and sex trafficking. Leandra believes that college students have a "unique capacity to make a difference in the world" and she wants to see more students empowered to take that step. In addition, Destinations raises thousands of dollars from its college community to support health initiatives around the world. They host an Exposure Conference each year that highlights important speakers in the humanitarian initiative and encourages each student to contribute. They also work closely with Compassion International in supporting their desire to give each child an education and a full stomach. Currently, Leandra is the Experience Administrator for the Department of Spiritual Formation, which includes the Destinations team. This past year she traveled to Orphanage Emmanuel in Honduras to learn more about their structure, love the children, and hear the stories of the teenage mothers. In addition, this year she will be leading a team of ten to Tijuana, Mexico to execute a community-wide outreach including food donations, orphan care, and medical care. She has previously worked in orphanages in Cartago, Costa Rica, and Kingston, Jamaica.
On why she wants to attend MCC2014: "I wish that I could put into words how much the fight to end poverty and injustice truly means to me. When I was thirteen, I worked in an orphanage in Kingston, Jamaica and it completely turned around who I was. Ever since then I have been competing in this marathon against poverty, hunger, abuse and injustice without pause. I will not give up until it is won. Attending MCC2014 would allow me to meet other individuals who share the same unwavering passion as I do. I want to learn from other's experiences and share stories. I want to be more educated about the issues and how I can help. I want to be made aware of organizations and leaders that are changing the face of this world. I would leave MCC2014 full of a renewed fire and hunger for justice. I will be entering a Masters of Public Health program next fall and I want to bring with me fresh ideas on how the health community can join in this fight against international conflict. Also, coming from a Christian University I believe that I could bring a different perspective on these issues and spark enriching discussions. It doesn't matter to me what your background is, what you believe or where you are from. If you have the same desire as I do, to heal the brokenhearted and stop the injustice of poverty and its devastating effects, then I want to join hands with you and walk toward that goal."
Leandra, as well as many other student leaders from across the globe, will be joining us this October 10-12th, 2014 at the 6th Annual Millennium Campus Conference. There, they and other students will be exchanging ideas and talking about how to achieve the UN Millennium Goals. in addition, everyone will be able to attend keynote speeches by influential global leaders such as Nicholas Kristof, Dr. Paul Farmer, among others. Apply now!