Washington native eyeing 2009 mission to Nicaragua

Published 11:24 pm Thursday, September 18, 2008

By Staff
Manna Project sending Eddings to teach
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Josh Eddings wants to make a difference, and he has found an avenue to do just that.
Eddings, a native of Washington, started a chapter of the Manna Project on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in Spanish and international business.
Bonnie and Dana Eddings of Washington are his parents.
He started the formation of the UNC-Wilmington group in 2006. After he met all of the national organization’s requirements to establish a chapter, it was approved and set up to begin operating in 2007.
However, at the start-up meeting for the second year, 2008, he said about 60 people showed up.
The Manna Project is a nonprofit organization with the mission of helping people in need.
Eddings will leave Jan. 1, 2009, to go to Nicaragua to carry out a mission with the Manna Project. He will return to the United States in late October 2009.
He is going to coach soccer and baseball. In addition, he will teach English to teenagers and adults in their 20s.
Eddings has been to Nicaragua several times before on similar missions.
However, he said, this mission is going to be the longest period of time he will have spent in the country.
Eddings will be residing just outside of Managua, Nicaragua’s capital, with a group of other Manna Project members who will be assigned to other missions.
They might be involved in some health-care mission or the teaching of creative arts, he said.
Eddings is a volunteer for this 10-month mission.
However, he is planning to obtain a paid position with the organization when he returns to the United States.
His responsibilities in that position will be to work with the registered campus chapters of the Manna Project.