- Posted October 9, 2013 by
College Student Raises Funds for Africa
Stinson, a senior education major at Oklahoma Christian University, has traveled to Tanzania four times in the past six years. The last two times, she sponsored and led the trip herself. The mission consists of a primary and secondary school, a Bible college and a hospital. It is the only hospital within 50 miles, with many of its patients having to walk. Stinson was very familiar with the needs of the mission when she started her fundraising goal of $4,000. Her goal was to help the mission with their water-filtration system. The mission needs more than $4,000. She hoped this would help them with other projects until they were able to receive enough for the system. The filtration system would be installed at the primary and secondary school where the water the students drink makes them sick. Daily, children have to go to the mission hospital because of this. The mission is unable to pay for the system at this time.
Ben Langford, director of the Center of Global Missions at OC, was asked why he thought Stinson was successful in her fundraising. Having accompanied Stinson and her two OC teams, he is familiar with her ways of fundraising. “She is hard-working and passionate about Chimala,” said Langford. “She’s invested herself into the community she’s a part of and in the lives of the people she is reaching out to.”
In college, Stinson has sold t-shirts, put on bake sales and silent auctions. During her first trips to Tanzania, she held a collection called Tokens for Tanzania at her high school, going door to door asking for change. She also put together a silent auction and a 5k race the next year, collecting enough money in both years to donate for new books in the Chimala schools. She has always worked toward coming up with new ways of raising money and raising awareness. Stinson was asked why she works so hard for this particular mission.
“The mission in Chimala has become such a big part of my life; it has come as a second home to me,” said Stinson. “Having my aunt and uncle run the mission for seven years and experience it with them has been life-changing. I have enjoyed watching kids grow up. I never want to lose touch with those relationships that I have formed throughout the years. I will always have a heart to help this mission.”
Having gone on one of the missions and worked on the fundraising with Stinson, Jonathan Parker, a junior at Oklahoma Christian, was asked his thoughts on her leadership with fundraising and the overall mission. “She was a great person to work with, always enthusiastic about raising money,” said Parker. “Her love for this mission made you fall in love with it before you had even stepped foot on it.”