Students and Teachers Respond
Schools throughout the North American Division (NAD) have been involved with fund-raising for the Maluti school mission project. Here is a story from one of those schools:
Appalachian Christian Academy, Manchester, Kentucky, U.S.A.
When ACA teacher Debbie Brock opened the information package the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference education department had sent to her regarding the Maluti Mission fund-raising project, she wondered how much of a contribution her school would be able to make. After all, she reminded the Lord, “we are a very small school of merely seven students located in the poorest county in Kentucky.” But after sharing the project information with her students and showing them the DVD about Maluti, they felt compelled to help.
Brock and the students thought the $5.00 per student goal that the NAD Education Department had set was too low, because that would amount to only $35 for ACA. So after brainstorming about possible fund-raising events they set an ambitious goal of $1,500. Ideas they generated for raising funds and wrote on the classroom board included:
Donations began trickling in throughout November and December 2008 after the DVD was shown in area churches. The readathon, held the following February, brought in an additional $400. The talent show resulted in about $500 for the project. Then the yard sale raised the total substantially with another $1,000.
“By this time we had raised approx-imately $3,000,” Brock says. “When school ended on May 21, 2009, the total had increa-sed to $4,500. But there were a few more individuals to contact, now that [the students and I] had done all that we could do.”
Brock personally called a few more individuals who had pledged to help, raising the amount collected to $7,000. Soon after, an Adventist couple showed up at her house and presented an envelope containing $4,500, bringing the total to $11,500.
“I feel like Moses at the burning bush when he realized that he was standing in the presence of God and that God wanted him to help with His work here on earth,” Brock says. “I feel both honored and humbled to have had a small part in this adventure…. This mission was God’s all along.”