Baylor engineering students search for their calling through service
January 8, 2018
Karrie Tatum

“What am I meant to do?” This is a familiar question to almost every college student. Not only do they want to be passionate about their future career, they want it to be something that makes a difference. But how do you find something to bridge the gap between passion and purpose? One student organization at Baylor gives students the opportunity to try.

Engineers with a Mission is an official Baylor organization that was founded in 2004 and currently has 70 members. The goal of the organization is to give engineering students an opportunity to take the skills they have acquired through their studies and apply them to real-world problems.

Their mission statement reads, “The purpose of Engineers with a Mission is to motivate and train engineering students by creating opportunities for them to discover their vocations as ministers in a world of poverty, injustice and suffering. Through word, deed, and design, we share the gospel of Christ in a way that is reciprocal and relationship-focused so that we might transform others as we, ourselves, are transformed.”

Engineers with a Mission has served both globally and locally. Over the years, the organization has traveled around the world and done work in Honduras, Rwanda and Haiti. They have also partnered with different service organizations in Waco including Mission Waco and World Hunger Relief Farm.

 Engineers with a Mission 2017

Jack Ramsey (pictured left), senior mechanical engineering major, was drawn to Baylor because of this organization. While visiting Baylor for Invitation to Excellence, Ramsey was introduced to electrical and computer engineering professor, Brian Thomas. Thomas is the faculty sponsor of Engineers with a Mission.

“We spent a lot of time talking about the organization and what engineering looks like as a vocation. It was that discussion that became a major factor in my decision to come to Baylor.”

Today, Ramsey is president of the organization.

While describing Engineers with a Mission, he was very passionate about the service aspect. He says it is was drew him to become a member in the first place.

“I grew up in the church doing a lot of service projects. Basically, my understanding of scripture is that you can’t love God without loving people, and you need to do that actively. As someone with a mind geared towards math and science, I wanted to find a way that I could use my particular skills to serve others. Engineers with a Mission has helped me to discover those different ways and has given me the opportunity to do it hands-on.”

When asked about Engineers with a Mission’s overall philosophy, Ramsey referred back to a certain text.

“Our approach is based on the book When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkart. It explains how poverty is much more complicated than a lack of wealth, and that we should help people with a more holistic view on the matter.”

Ramsey says that this book has shaped how the organization approaches service projects and building relationships with those they have served.

“This book has influenced our organization to create relationships with the communities of where we are serving, so that we can continue to make a lasting impact and encourage them to eventually do the same work on their own.”

This year, Engineers with a Mission will be traveling to Mexico for a well drilling project. Ramsey says he hopes that they will be able to form a relationship with the community they are going to serve so that this project can be extended over the next couple of years.

“We hope that from this project we will be able to give members the opportunity to learn about what it looks like to do full-time non-profit engineering work, and potentially give them a sense of whether or not God has called them into a life of service.”

If you have any interest in learning more about Engineers with a Mission, visit their website HERE.
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