Trinity Staff Dedicate Time to Service
Service to others for the glory of God is a fundamental part of this Christian community. Every year, students and faculty members give of their time locally and internationally to help where needed.
The College also encourages service among staff and supports the efforts of employees willing to volunteer by affording them time off to serve. Staff members volunteer in a variety of ways, and a few have shared their recent experiences.
Kara Bruxvoort ’03, conference and events coordinator, Marketing and Communications and Emily DeVos ’04, campaign gifts manager, Development Office
Kara Bruxvoort and others from her Bible study group began their work in the still devastated areas of New Orleans by “prayer walking” through the Gentilly neighborhood, buckets of cleaning supplies in hand. Bruxvoort said the Lord led them to various homes to help families with yard clean up; the group also served food to the homeless.
“We began each day not having an agenda or knowing what we would be doing,” said Emily DeVos, “but by praying at the doorstep of each home, God showed himself.”
“My group removed debris from the backyard of a man who had an amazing concern for his neighborhood,” said Bruxvoort. “His hope and joy despite circumstances was humbling and inspiring.”
Kathy Laning, graduation auditor, Registrar’s Office
Kathy Laning spent her mornings playing the piano and leading children in song during a week-long Vacation Bible School at Immanuel CRC in Burbank, Illinois. An average of 100 students learned about the fruits of the Spirit and spent part of their morning worshipping God through music.
“I love using the gift of piano playing to glorify God,” said Laning. “It is always a blessing to be able to help out in playing the piano for our VBS. My hope and prayer is that God is glorified through my playing and the singing of the children.”
Nikki Bruna, project coordinator, Department of Social Work
Nikki Bruna recently returned to Illinois from a two week Global Village service trip to Anchorage Alaska where she led a team of 10 women from the U.S., Canada, and Australia building with Habitat for Humanity. This trip marked Bruna’s second time leading a Global Village trip to Anchorage and her eighth year as a volunteer with the Christian housing ministry. Bruna and her team worked on four different single family homes on framing, roofing, and siding.
“We worked side by side with the future home owners, getting to know them, and learning about their stories,” said Bruna. “Our team built for eight days, put in more than 600 combined hours of volunteer service, and donated $9,000.”
Carol Bosma, accounts payable, Business Office
This is the second year Carol Bosma has worked in areas of Mississippi hit by Hurricane Katrina. Last year Bosma’s group built a house in three weeks in Hattiesburg; this year’s house project was in Columbia. Bosma’s work usually focuses on adding the finishing touches to the house building project, including painting rooms and preparing the ground for sod.
“We were all working together to complete the mission of finishing a house for someone who had lost so much because of Katrina. They now have a much brighter hope for the future,” said Bosma. “I’m thankful that Trinity gives staff members the opportunity to take time away to volunteer on various projects.”
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