More help is needed for nurse’s mission

February 27, 2013 

A few weeks ago, I told the story of Bethany Crenshaw, a nurse at Houston Medical Center who spent part of her Christmas vacation in Africa on a mission trip.

Bethany was involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes when she was a student at both Houston County High School and Georgia Southern University, where she played softball. It was through FCA International Missions that Bethany had the opportunity to serve in Nakuru, Kenya.

Bethany came home committed to continuing to serve the people of Nakuru by filling a shipping container full of medical supplies for the clinic where Bethany worked during her stay in Africa. I have a better storehouse of medical supplies in my bathroom than that clinic, whose medical inventory consisted of a few bottles of vitamins and antacids.

So many people have already stepped up to help Bethany, but more help is needed a world away for people who you will never see or know. But they are in need.

One of the last things Christ did on Earth was command his followers to be his witnesses “to the ends of the Earth.”

I think a small clinic in a remote part of Africa qualifies.

But earlier in the verse, the first place Christ mentions to witness to others is Jerusalem. Jerusalem is pretty far from here, but I once heard a preacher explain that verse didn’t mean literally Jerusalem -- it meant your own community.

In this area, our youth are served through the Flint River FCA, which encompasses Houston, Peach, Macon, Taylor and Crawford counties and comprises nine high schools.

One hundred percent of the organization’s budget is raised by local support to fund programs such as Bibles for coaches and FCA camp scholarships.

While thought of as an organization strictly for athletes, FCA is actually open to any student at a school.

In a day and time when filth invades our homes through television and the Internet, I can’t think of a better organization than FCA to encourage our children to be a part of and to financially support.

Coming up as a way to financially support the Flint River FCA, is the organization’s annual spring banquet, which will this year feature Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker and U.S. Olympic triple time gold medalist Leah O’Brien-Amico.

The spring banquet will be held April 18.

Individual tickets are now on sale, and there are numerous table and corporate sponsorship opportunities that can be found on the Flint River FCA website: flintriverfca.org.

Monetary donations to help Bethany Crenshaw fill the shipping container can be mailed to FCA International, c/o Joey Potter, 105 Johns Point, Fayetteville, GA 30215.

Contact Alline Kent at 396-2467 or allinekent@cox.net.

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