ZAMBIAN AMBASSADOR PROMOTES
by a lifelong belief that suffering should not be anyone's birthright,
Dr. Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika, Zambia's ambassador to the United States,
challenged Trinity's faculty, staff, students, and visiting dignitaries
to extend their idea of community beyond international boundaries.
Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika visited
the College December 6 and shared a message of hope and encouragement while
enlightening her audience on the misperceptions and realities about her
native country. Dressed in African regalia, she spoke about the HIV/AIDS
epidemic and poverty that have ravaged Zambia and many other African nations.
She compared earthly political ambassadors to ambassadors for Christ.
"As Christians, we are our
brother's keepers, and somebody has to stand up to do what's right," Mbikusita-Lewanika
said to her listeners in the Ozinga Chapel. "The Lord has placed each of
us in strategic positions with certain talents. Some of our problems are
man-made, so the solutions should come through us. We are God's hands to
solve problems in the world.
"We are called to be Christ's
ambassadors, and we are chosen, elevated, unique, set apart, and created
in His image. We have to represent His kingdom and attract people to God
by being light and salt."
Senior Gerrit Wieringa, president
of the Law and Politics Society, presented Mbikusita-Lewanika with an engraved
Trinity clock. Following her presentation, she was the guest of honor at
a luncheon in the Grand Lobby. Robbins Mayor Dr. Irene Brodie and state
Rep. Robert Rita were among the local government leaders in attendance.
"Trinity is truly privileged
to have Her Excellency come to our campus," said Felecia Thompson, the
College's director of community partnerships who helped arrange the Zambian
ambassador's visit. "We are involved in many initiatives to build communities
and advance God's kingdom off campus. She challenged us to think even bigger
and become more active in restoring our global community."