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School Recognized Nationally for AIDS Ministry in Africa

Posted by ssbg on March 31, 2007

 By Rupa Shenoy,  Daily Herald Staff Writer,  Monday, March 26, 2007

http://www.dailyherald.com/news/dupagestory.asp?id=294723&cc=d&tc=&t

Wheaton Academy’s students are being nationally recognized not only for their successful fundraising efforts but also the creative means they used to raise money. Twelve students led the Zambia project each year; below are five current members of that group. Each thought up projects, organized them and, in most cases, did outreach to the whole student body to get everyone involved.  

Five years ago, a group of student leaders at Wheaton Academy in West Chicago got together and decided that they were meant to do something big — but they didn’t know what, or even how. “We had no idea what we were doing,” said the group’s adviser, teacher Chip Huber. The desire to help eventually led them to work as an entire school to help one small community in Zambia that has been devastated by AIDS.

Through sacrifice and creative fundraising, Academy students raised thousands of dollars to fund a new school and provide basic necessities that were sorely needed. Recognition was never the goal. But this year the school beat out dozens of contenders nationwide to be named winner of the national Association For Fundraising Professionals’ William R. Simms Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy in the age 5-to-17 category. The Academy students were nominated for the prestigious award by the Chicago AFP chapter and will pick up their prize Tuesday at the national association’s convention in Dallas. The gathering will feature noted speakers including actress Brooke Shields and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.

 “Hopefully, by getting this award, we can be a model to other schools of what to do,” said senior Matt Taylor, 18, a member of the 12-student group that currently leads the Zambia effort.

During summer 2002, two things happened that led the student leaders, and eventually the whole school, on this path. The group read a statistic showing evangelical Christians were the least likely group in the world to respond to the growing needs of people with AIDS. Also, Bono, lead singer of the band U2, came to town, spreading the message that people with AIDS needed help.

Through a friend of Huber’s, the group learned about World Vision, an international humanitarian organization. Students went through Vision’s catalog of needed items and settled on the most expensive: $53,000 for the first school in Kakolo village in Zambia. The student leaders swung into action, educating the whole school about the effort. The groups raised money by holding car washes and dress-down days. Students held a “30-hour famine” during which people sponsored teens who chose not to eat for two days. Girls throughout the student body bought, borrowed or reused old dresses for two annual banquets and donated what they would have spent on new clothes to the effort. Within a year, the school had raised more than $78,000.

Their success made them more determined to help, and each year a group of student leaders has continued the effort to help the 1,500 residents of Kakolo village. In the 2003 school year, the students raised almost $60,000, providing 525 families in the village with food, seeds, tools and animals. The next year, they held more than 40 fundraisers and collected more than $117,000, which bought Kakolo a new medical facility with a maternity wing. The student body exceeded all its prior efforts last year by raising $150,000, which funded medical equipment, the construction of homes and a youth outreach center. This year, among much else, students are sending “caregiver kits” to families in the village, filled with necessities and a personal note. Many Academy students each sponsor a child in the town.

“This gives our lives a purpose. This is something you can pour yourself into,” said Katy Kantner, a student leader. The bond between the academy and the village grew with two trips by Huber and students to Africa. The school has made a long-term commitment to Kakolo to effect lasting change, Huber said. The current student leaders admit that their message doesn’t always get through to everyone. But the point, they said, was to try as hard as they can. “We’ve been called by God,” said senior Johnnie Lotesta, 18.

rshenoy@dailyherald.com

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But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD

Posted by ssbg on March 21, 2007

“But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”- Jeremiah 17:7-8

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Paul Harvey Says:

Posted by ssbg on March 19, 2007

  I don’t believe in Santa Claus, but I’m not going to sue somebody for
singing a Ho-Ho-Ho song in December.  I don’t agree with Darwin, but I
didn’t go out and hire a lawyer when my high school teacher taught his
theory of evolution.

  Life, liberty or your pursuit of happiness will not be endangered because
someone says a 30-second prayer before a football game.

  So what’s the big deal? It’s not like somebody is up there reading the
entire book of Acts. They’re just talking to a God they believe in and
asking him to grant safety to the players on the field and the fans going
home from the game.

  But it’s a Christian prayer, some will argue.

  Yes, and this is the United States of America and Canada, countries
Founded
on Christian principles. According to our very own phone book, Christian
churches outnumber all others better than 200-to-1. So what would you
expect-somebody chanting Hare Krishna?

  If I went to a football game in Jerusalem, I would expect to hear a Jewish
prayer.

  If I went to a soccer game in Baghdad, I would expect to hear a Muslim
prayer.

  If I went to a ping pong match in China, I would expect to hear someone
pray to Buddha.

  And I wouldn’t be offended. It wouldn’t bother me one bit.  When in Rome .

  But what about the atheists? is another argument.

  What about them?

  Nobody is asking them to be baptized. We’re not going to pass the
collection plate. Just humor us for 30 seconds. If that’s asking too much,
bring a Walkman or a pair of ear plugs. Go to the bathroom. Visit the
concession stand. Call your lawyer!

  Unfortunately, one or two will make that call.  One or two will tell
thousands what they can and cannot do.  I don’t think a short prayer at a
football game is going to shake the world’s foundations.

  Christians are just sick and tired of turning the other cheek while our
courts strip us of all our rights. Our parents and grandparents taught us to
pray before eating; to pray before we go to sleep.

  Our Bible tells us to pray without ceasing.  Now a handful of people and
their lawyers are telling us to cease praying. If we lived in another
country could we leave the room when their national anthem was being played?

  God, help us.  And if that last sentence offends you, well .. just sue me.

  The silent majority has been silent too long..  It’s time we let that one
or two who scream loud enough to be heard that the vast majority don’t care
what they want. It is time the majority rules! It’s time we tell them, you
don’t have to pray; you don’t have to say the pledge of allegiance; you
don’t have to believe in God or attend services that honor Him.  That is
your right, and we will honor your right.. But by golly, you are no longer
going to take our rights away. We are fighting back . .. and we WILL WIN!

  God bless us one and all … especially those who denounce Him.  God bless
America and Canada, despite all their faults.  They are still the greatest
nations of all.

  God bless our service men and women who are fighting to protect our right
to pray and worship God.

  May 2007 be the year the silent majority is heard and we put God back as
the foundation of our families and institutions.

  Keep looking up.

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