Julie Druker | Jul 05, 2012
Photo: L-r: Lillian Clayton, Sharon Sproule, Pearl Olmstead and Sarah Stanton at the Sharbot Lake Pentecostal Church's recent yard sale for missions.
With the help of one local church congregation, former Sydenham High School student and Tichborne resident, Sarah Stanton, will be embarking on a journey that will take her to distant shores. On June 30, members of the Sharbot Lake Pentecostal Church where Sarah has been a member for over 10 years, held a yard sale, with funds going to help pay for a trip she will be taking. Now a sociology student who just completed her second year at Bishops University in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Sarah will be traveling first to Australia and will then proceed to Africa, likely to Uganda, where she will be doing outreach work in schools and churches and the community at large in both locations.
The five-month program called "Youth With A Mission" is a global inter-denominational volunteer movement of Christians dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world by working in a wide range of locations and situations, with the aim of helping to change people's lives by assisting with hands on projects.
It was the Sharbot Lake church's pastor, Mark Hudson, who suggested that the church help Sarah fund the trip by holding a yard sale. Members of the congregation donated a wide range of household goods, clothing, toys, sports equipment and furniture, and the sale raised over $1300 to help pay for the trip.
Sarah said that though she is a bit nervous about traveling so far from home, a recent Missions trip to Haiti during this year's March break has set her in good stead. On that trip she helped build an orphanage in the village of Leogane, Haiti with members of her school and it was there that she fell in love with that kind of outreach work. “That experience was very positive. I fell in love with the children, the people, and loved working and teaching there. I knew that I wanted to pursue more work of this kind”, she said when I spoke with her at the sale.” She was overwhelmed with the support she received from the community and wished to thank everyone who helped assist her in reaching her goals and making her dream come true.