Tuesday, January 03, 2017


Dodgeball Tournament Benefits Persecuted Church

This is a project my son Matthew has undertaken and I'm sure proud of him. I'm posting it here in order to be able to share it more widely.

EVENT TITLE: Dodgeball Tournament. This dodgeball tournament is designed to raise awareness and money to fund family medical packages for families fleeing from religious persecution and ISIS in Syria.
COST: $25 dollars per team of 5.
TIME AND DATE: January 7, 2017, at 2 pm (start)
LOCATION: Fellowship Center at Ridgecrest Baptist Church. 2210 W. Republic Road, Springfield, MO
PRE-REGISTRATION: Sign up for the tournament and pay ahead of time is preferable but people/teams can  show up the day of the event. Teams can sign up at http://seniorprojectdodgeball.eventbrite.com
DONATIONS: Clicking on the same link and the “ticket” option provides an option to make a donation. $35 will fund the purchase of product in the kits as well as delivery of a family medical kit to refugee camps in Iraq, Sudan, Nigeria and Syria. The packets are customized to meet specific needs and will include items like antibiotic creams, infant formula, diapers, feminine hygiene products, pharmaceuticals and other supplies. All the purchasing of the kits/supplies is being done through Voice of The Martyrs. VOM is an organization that helps spread awareness of religious persecution and has a program and network in place to help Syrian families.
BENEFIT T-SHIRTS: T-shirts have also been created and are being sold to raise money for this same project. People can purchase these until Jan. 2 online at http://greekcornerprinting.com/mneytees-fund-raising. Some will be for sale at the event and additional orders will also be taken then.
PROJECT BACKGROUND: All students in English IV Honors at Republic High School have to create a senior project that involves a research paper, a product/event related to the topic, and then finally a display and presentation for the public as a capstone. Students research an area of interest to them. Past examples have seen students create music albums, books, art shows and community projects for good causes. Matthew has chosen the “persecuted church” as the topic for his senior research project. He is interviewing missionaries and people who have faced persecution and is also working with an international group headquartered in Oklahoma called Voice of the Martyrs (VOM). It is an organization that supports and ministers to Christians who are being persecuted for their beliefs. The VOM has a goal of creating awareness of Christian persecution taking place worldwide.

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