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Haiti Chosen as Lee University Missions Week Focus

Members of Lee University’s Missions Week committee have decided to devote the 2011-2012 Missions Week at Lee University to restoring Haiti.

“The churches in Haiti…have provided education and medical relief to the people, and the churches have been destroyed,” Campus Ministries secretary and committee member Deborah Page said. “Therefore, our goal is to help rebuild those structures so that they can go back to some form of normalcy and be trained and equipped for the future.”

The committee has informed students of the project in light of the Haitian election results being announced in the near future.
“We want students to pray with us that the right leadership will be elected so we can have the freedom within Haiti to help out to the best of our ability,” Campus Ministries coordinator and committee member Fijoy Johnson said.

The specific project has yet to be determined but will be similar to previous projects, such as building orphanages, benevolence centers, or churches.

As in recent years, including the 2010 Missions Week focus on Nigeria, committee chair and Campus Pastor Jimmy Harper expects for student involvement to be a key factor in raising money.

In the committee meeting , Harper said that the transparent globes that served as collection banks around campus were a valuable asset, as Missions Week garnered nearly $600 from them.

Harper said that the final donations for the Nigeria project totaled $15,365. With matching funds provided by the Lazarus Foundation for organizations working closely with serving the needs of children, the final project total exceeded $30,000.

According to archived information in the office of Campus Ministries, Missions Week projects have been in place for nearly 20 years, and a week devoted to missions has been part of Lee programming since the 1940s or 1950s.

For more information about Missions Week please contact Harper at jharper@leeuniversity.edu or call (423) 614-8420.

(Source: Lee University Public Information)

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