Diane Reese, who earned both a master’s degree and a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy at Arcadia University, “has been on five mission trips, the first when she was a student at Central Dauphin East High School and the most recent in March to Mali in northwest Africa,” reports the Patriot-News of Mechanicsburg, Pa. “Helping others is a way of life for (Reese) whether it's in Harrisburg, New Orleans or Africa.”
Reese is a physical therapist for PinnacleHealth Home Care. “Her first trip was in 1976 to Guyana, South America, prior to her senior year in high school. ‘It was a spiritual awakening,’ she said,” writes reporter John Beauge.
“That serving extended to Mali in March 2008 and again this March for two-week mission trips from Daybreak Church, a Christian and Missionary Alliance church,” Beauge writes. Her service in Maula, the former Sudanese Republic, included work in a women's and children's hospital in Koutiala. “She also assisted in a children's clinic where small children are vaccinated. She made more curtains and scrubbed exam tables this year at the same hospital in preparation for the opening of a new wing. On that trip Reese and the other five members of the group visited Niena in the bush and Bamako, the capital city.”