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Ethiopia Journey Inspires Teacher to Do More

9 Jan

Nathan Livesay, a teacher at Sumter High School and former basketball coach, spent nearly two weeks of his Winter Break in Ethiopia with Journey 117, a ministry of World Orphans.

BY JADE ANDERSON janderson@theitem.com  The Item

A trip out of the country can change a person.
“I wouldn’t trade those two weeks for a state championship,” said Nathan Livesay, a former Sumter High School basketball coach.
Last month, the English and credit recovery teacher traveled to Ethiopia with World Orphans, an organization that brings churches in Third World countries together with American churches to help supply basic needs of the children being cared for by the indigenous churches. He learned about the organization through the Willow Creek Global Leadership Development Summit simulcast held at Alice Drive Baptist Church in the fall.
“I was reading the statistics about HIV and AIDS, about people dying in extreme poverty, and the numbers really bothered me,” Livesay said. “I was compelled to go on this trip to put a name and face with the statistics. … Even with basketball, I’ve always had a heart for kids that don’t always have everything they need.” Continue reading

Delta College student raises funds for Uganda Journey

27 Apr

Delta College student Jessica Duncan, of Cedarville, is raising money to go on a mission trip to Uganda this summer with a group of people from across the country. Photo by Alicia Dale, The Bay City Times

Article from mLive.com

FRANKENLUST TWP. — Faith hasn’t always been easy for Jessica Duncan.

The religious beliefs of the 19-year-old Delta College student have been challenged by unfortunate circumstances in recent years.

“I’ve experienced a lot of deaths in my family,” said Duncan, a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America who attends St. Paul Lutheran Church in Frankenlust Township during the school year.

“I’ve lost a lot of people, and it made me question my faith. I really questioned God.”

Duncan, a sophomore studying to become a nurse, has lost two grandfathers and an aunt in the past four years.

But out of tragedy was born an opportunity to revitalize her faith….

Continue Reading Article at mLive.com

The Horrors of Child Sex Trafficking

26 Apr

Blog posted by Amber Cassady

Ponder back to some of your favorite childhood activities. For me, I think one of my fun memories was on a hot summer days, putting the sprinkler under the trampoline and jumping to my heart’s content as the cool water splashed up through the little holes in the trampoline. My little brother and I would laugh for hours doing this until we couldn’t jump anymore. Imagine having no fond memories of your childhood like these. How would your life look differently if you never had the chance to run and play, as children should? What if instead of reminiscing about the fun days of hide and seek and playing “house,” all you had were nightmares of abuse and being forced to have sex with men you did not even know? Continue reading

One Orphan at a Time

5 Mar

132 million. This number astounds and overwhelms me and, sadly, grows daily. This is the number of orphans in our world TODAY (according to UNICEF). I am not okay with this statistic and have known for quite some time that God was calling me to do something about it. No, I cannot possibly rescue and care for all 132 million of these precious children, but I can do something about it one child at a time. Let me tell you about my friend, Sengenoi, an orphan in rural Kenya. Continue reading