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Inspired 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."

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