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LAKE WALES, Fla. -- About a mile down a bumpy dirt road just off Highway 27, you'll find silence.

Silence that makes it hard to believe that the place where you've driven to is part of a college campus. 

It's the HEART Institute, located just beyond the main campus at Warner University. The 40-acre village simulates some of the challenges of serving in underdeveloped regions of the world.

"It takes you beyond books," says student Ashley Huber. "You see things differently when you live here."

There's no electricity or running water, the bathroom is a latrine, and, for the first part of the program, there's no phone, no Internet, and no leaving the village.

During the three or 15-week sessions, students learn everything they need to know to serve or be a missionary in third world countries. They find out how to grow sustainable food sources, raise animals, can food, and provide medical treatments in certain situations.

"They end up working with some of the poorest of the poor in the world," says HEART Institute Director Phil Murphy.

Several students just returned from serving in West Africa. Huber says she's headed to help in Haiti this summer, and a couple of other students are preparing to introduce what they've learned to villages in Mali.

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