GEORGETOWN, KY – It’s always a pleasure to welcome alumni back to campus to speak to students about life experiences.
Timothy C. Wilson ‘93, now an orthopedic surgeon, visited on Tuesday, February 24, and in talking about his mission work in Haiti, urged students in the Hill Chapel audience to not take for granted their opportunity to get a college education. He pointed out how students in Haiti would love to have such a chance.
“Learn from the best people in your field, complete mission work, and make the most of your college years,” he said. “College can be some of the best years of your life.”
His desire to help heal the people of Haiti and witnessing so much suffering after the 2010 earthquake made Wilson, an Ashland, Kentucky, native, combine his education, faith and passion for them into many mission trips that make the world a better place, said professor of religion Terry Clark as he introduced Wilson.
Now, besides using his knowledge and skill in the medical field, Wilson is actively involved in mission work.
Calling Haiti a fascinating country, he shared photographs and videos about the country, which included a CNN account of a girl who was trapped beneath rubble after the horrific earthquake left several thousand people killed, injured and displaced.
“The poverty in Haiti is unbelievable. It’s something you have to see to believe,” he said, pointing out that more than half of the children there are malnourished and it is the poorest country in the western hemisphere.
“No matter what career you choose, we’re all called to missions,” Wilson said. Quoting from the Bible, he said learning is a two-way street. He has things to teach and offer others, he said, but those he encounters on missions do, too.
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Jesus Christ,” Wilson recited, offering the audience encouragement from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV).
Wilson now lives in Georgetown and serves as team physician for Georgetown athletics. He is an orthopedic surgeon with Central Kentucky Orthopaedics.