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West Hall senior presses pause on education, plans mission trip
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Catherine Webb - photo by Erin O. Smith

Catherine Webb thought she had her whole life figured out.

At 18 years old, she planned to go to graduate from West Hall, go to college and become an orthodontist.

“I was accepted to all the schools I wanted to go to, but it didn’t feel right,” Webb said. “I prayed about it a lot.”

She even spent the last year interning at Sosebee and Britt Orthodontics.

Webb said God made a different choice for her.

“I want to make the most out of my life. You never know how long you have,” Webb said.

Instead of pursuing a career in orthodontics, Webb decided a few months ago to drop everything and go on a nine-month mission trip to five countries as part of the World Race, a Christian organization that sends youths like Webb overseas to build homes and churches and interact with people.

“I’m really putting my life on pause; it’s all about them,” Webb said.

When she first applied, she didn’t tell anyone but her mom. The essay-heavy application process took her a few days.
“It was a ‘me and God’ situation,” Webb said.

The Oakwood teen will be visiting Haiti, South Africa, Dominican Republic, Botswana and the Philippines.

“I just want to show them God’s love, and that if even if you have nothing, you still have God’s love and someone who loves them,” Webb said.

In order to do that, she also has to go through a week of training in July in Gainesville. The training will prepare her for what she might see in the countries, as well as what she might eat, where she might sleep and more.

“It’s so they know you can do it,” Webb said.

She also has to raise $15,000 for the trip to cover expenses like flight, food and more. As of May 11, she had raised $2,547.

“I’m not one to stress out a lot, but it’s in the back of my mind how much I have to raise,” Webb said.
By July she has to have $5,000 raised.

To contribute to Webb’s trip, visit her page at catherinewebb.theworldrace.org

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