Dear Friend of the Auxiliary,
Becoming a “missionary across the sea” is something some of us may have dreamed of when we were little or perhaps something we never considered, but at the core of each of us is an innate desire to do good by helping others.
A desire to assist the underserved has been a major part of what LLU Medical Auxiliary has done since its inception nearly 85 years ago. Many of us will never serve abroad, but through the Auxiliary each of us can play an active role in assisting our alumni who have chosen to do so.
Last year, the theme for the Auxiliary was “Blessed to be a Blessing” and through your generosity, over $125,000 was raised and nine different projects were funded worldwide. From raising $30,000 toward a new pediatric clinic in Lusaka, Zambia, to purchasing a new ultrasound machine and sterilizer for the hospital in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, to helping send LLU residents to various international clinics and hospitals, your gifts made a difference!
At LLU School of Medicine graduation this past May, several of us were privileged to hear Gillian Seton, LLUSM ’08, deliver the commencement address. According to Dr. Roger Hadley, School of Medicine Dean, in the September/December 2016 Alumni Journal, “With humility, she told a remarkable life-and-death story of perseverance in the face of the Ebola crisis of 2014, when the SDA hospital in Liberia remained open to serve non-Ebola emergency patients. In subdued tones, Dr. Seton conveyed the emotional toll experienced by those living in the midst of this disaster; her dramatic tale affected graduates and attendees alike.” It is a speech we are not likely to forget and one that moved us to act in a tangible way.
By putting faces on the projects that the Auxiliary is funding or by hearing alumni stories firsthand, as with Dr. Seton, raising funds becomes so much more personal. We invite you to carefully and prayerfully consider the requests for 2016-2017 as submitted by our alumni who are serving around the globe. Our Auxiliary theme for this year is “Together We Can,” and through your generosity it will be so exciting to see what can be accomplished–together!
May God bless you and yours.
Assistant Mission Chair