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From CT, how students from an evangelical high school built a clinic and more..

Eighteen-year-old Lauren Tomasik had a vision. This Wheaton Academy senior wanted to see her Christian high school raise $75,000 to build a medical clinic in Zambia to combat HIV/AIDS. And she wanted the money to come from the pockets of her 575 fellow students.

This was no ordinary vision. But lately this had been no ordinary school, considering that in the past three years these students in Chicago’s western suburbs raised nearly $250,000 for HIV/AIDS relief in Africa. Most of it came out of their own pockets.

"God has called this school to do this project," said Tomasik, describing a student body whose members encourage each other to forgo movies, Starbucks runs, and even Christmas presents and prom dresses in order to use that money to provide Zambian peers with education and food. "Living in Wheaton, it’s so easy to be focused on your own needs and live in the Wheaton bubble," she said of life in her affluent town, well known for its evangelical subculture. "But I have been blessed so that I can bless others."

Few might expect to find simplicity, sacrifice, and compassion among teenagers. "To me, these are difficult things for a Christian suburban teenager to grasp," said Academy chaplain Chip Huber. "We are a blessed people on our campus, no doubt about it. But instead of soaking it up, we’re doing something—taking our faith and making it active."



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Travis

posted August 10, 2005 at 10:36 am


That doesn’t sound too bad. The only service we did at my evangelical High School was only to raise money for our school. We had yard sales, work-a-thons, and other fundraisers to suplement the huge sums of money our parents were paying for us to go there. Good to see a school raising money for something worth while.
On another note, I saw you briefly on the Today Show this morning in their “Da Vinci Code Movie” segment. Good to put a face with the blog.



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Mark Shea

posted August 10, 2005 at 2:52 pm


Why I love Evangelicals. They have a genius for lay organization and pro-activity that makes things like this happen.



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DJP

posted August 10, 2005 at 4:22 pm


Amy:
A suggestion: Please spell out Christianity Today because CT can also mean my home state of Connecticut.
Thank you



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Henry C. Luthin

posted August 10, 2005 at 7:48 pm


The young have a vision and an energy that God uses for beautiful things, not least of which is inspiring wonder and thanksgiving in the old and wicked such as your servant. Thank God for these beautiful brothers and sisters, and for their contemporaries in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Youth for Life and many others!



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