Biola University Grieves Death of 19-Year-Old Student on Mission Trip

Hasiet Joy Negash remembrance

She spent her last days answering the call of her Lord, as she shared the good news of Jesus Christ on a mission trip to India with a team from Biola University.

Hasiet Joy Negash traveled with a team from Biola’s Student Missionary Union during the first two weeks of 2015. She visited orphaned children and washed the feet of untouchables. She gave a gospel message in a town where the mayor, a member of parliament and hundreds of teachers were present, according to an article by Jason Newell in Biola Magazine.

On January 15th, the vivacious 19-year-old student collapsed after she complained about breathing difficulties apparently related to asthma. She was taken to a local hospital, but sadly, doctors were unable to revive her.

It was the first death in connection with a university-sponsored trip, according to Biola Magazine.

“The only thing my sister ever cared about was doing God’s will,” said her brother, Hosana, at a campus memorial service. “She always wanted to spread the gospel in a foreign country, and when the opportunity arose, there was no changing her mind. The trip to India was all she ever talked about from the day she learned about the trip to the day she left.”

Negash’s passing brought an outpouring of emotion on the university’s campus, according to the magazine.

Negash, a communications major from Seattle, was very involved at Biola since she arrived in 2013. She gave campus tours and welcomed prospective students as an admissions ambassador.

SOURCE: Assist News
Mark Ellis

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