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Mission Trip Gives Auburn Gymnast Perspective

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AUBURN, AL -  "It was an eye-opening experience," Auburn gymnast Kelsey Thomasson said.

The junior was able to put life in perspective when she took a mission trip to Uganda over the summer.  She traveled as part of a 16-member congregation from Cornerstone Church out of Auburn.

"I had the chance to go into the school system there and the church, love on the people there, help out the teachers," Thomasson said.

The exercise science major taught geometry to the young children in the small town of Buloba.

"I actually got the chance to teach in front of the class, which isn't something I was expecting to do," Thomasson said.

"The think that I taught was actually something I had learned in one of my chemistry classes, it was a basic math skill, but I was able to know a little bit about it."

When she wasn't busy teaching or helping others in the community, Thomasson had the chance to discover Uganda. 

"We went on a beautiful board ride on Lake Victoria, which was probably one of my favorite things to see," Thomasson said.  "We went the Bethany Village and saw an orphange there."

After a week in Africa, she realzied that "we" have so much to be thankful for.

"They have, I don't want to say so little, because they are grateful for everything that we have," Thomasson said.  "They are quick to tell you that we are not lacking anything. This is the way we live and this is what God has given us."

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