Wednesday, April 30, 2014
A tribute to our young humanitarians
I am writing this letter to recognize not only my daughter, Lauren, but all the young humanitarians in the Lowcountry who make unselfish sacrifices so that we may live in a better world. So many times the media seems to focus on the negative when it comes to covering our young people, so I challenge the media to report on the positive and uplifting contributions that are being made on a daily basis by these young heroes and their families.
On May 23, my 19-year-old daughter, Lauren, a rising sophomore at the College of Charleston, embarked on a return trip to Kenya with the Bread of Life Missions to do a three-month internship in the Turkana Region. Last summer she was part of a 16-day trip with a Seacoast Church group that went to the village.
Lauren fell in love with the Turkana people and most of all the children. The pictures from her trip last year document the true compassion and love that Lauren has for the Turkana people. As a father, naturally I’m concerned for Lauren and her safety but she has been called by her faith and Christianity to serve this higher purpose. Lauren’s trip to Kenya opened her eyes to a world she had never seen, a world that needs clean water, food, education, shelter, and most importantly Christ. Please join me in praying for her safety during her trip to Kenya.
I will close with Lauren’s dream that her intern trip to Kenya this summer will be a beginning of a life devoted to changing the lack of necessities in third world countries as well as bringing the hope of Christ to the ends of the earth. As parents we all have dreams for our children, I am honored and certain that my daughter will change the world and leave an impact wherever she may go. May God bless all of our young heroes!
Reader says thanks
I just cannot express how much I enjoyed the recent Journal Scene article on the police dogs and handlers.
I am a little partial to the story on Sgt. Tim Jones and Ronin, as he is my son. Ronin was a wonderful animal and partner, and I thanked my lucky stars the day Ronin was shipped to Tim. The dogs are very expensive but the handler finally molds the dog.
Ronin was very much part of the family. I never saw a dog as closely bonded to a human as Ronin was. There are lots of wonderful stories and memories we have of him. I knew as long as Ronin was with Tim that he would do anything for Tim, even lay down his life without even a thought.
I used to help raise money for other police departments to buy the dogs or equipment, as it usually is not part of their budget. When a dog retires there is no pension or payments for their health and food and shots. It is up to the officer and his family.
My favorite charity is helping animals and officers ... what a wonderful job they do. The handlers or partners can tell you not only do they save lives of officers, but the community too.
Thank you for a wonderful story.