Dordt College News

Help send Etson home for Christmas

October 13, 2005

They’re a class with a mission: a group of 14 Dordt freshmen are trying to raise enough money to fly a classmate, Etson Williams, home for Christmas.

Williams is a 24-year-old international student from Barrouallie, St. Vincent, an island in the Caribbean. He was married less than a year ago, and hopes eventually to be able to bring his wife, Rose-Marie, to the U.S. Classmates

Participants in the effort to reunite Etson with his wife and family during Christmas are class members in a seminar called “Kingdom, Identity and Calling,” which focuses on belief in Christ, especially as that relates to the college years within a lifetime of following Jesus.

During class discussion, the concept of “building community” was discussed and students were challenged to come up with a way of helping someone in their community. Class member Caryn Nydam proposed the idea of helping their fellow classmate, and got an enthusiastic response.

Their advisor, Kae Van Engen, approached Etson about his willingness to receive this gift, and with that hurdle cleared, all that remains are the fundraisers! The class has decided that in the event more funds are raised than are needed, the remainder will be given to the International Club.

Each class member has volunteered extra time and commitment to raising enough money for a plane ticket, which they hope to achieve through two major fundraisers.

On Parents’ Weekend, Oct. 21-22, the Gen 100 class will have a table set up in the Campus Center, offering “Sweet Treat” goodies to be delivered to Dordt students Nov 1 and 2. Parents and friends can purchase a bag of candy for $1.50 or a plate of brownies (3/$2 or 6/$4) and have them delivered to students dorm rooms or mailboxes, along with personalized handwritten notes. The hours for the Sweet Treats table will be noon to 7 p.m. Friday and 10:15 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Businesses and community members have donated much of the candy for this fundraiser, and those who wish to donate pans of brownies or additional candy for the effort are asked to contact Kae Van Engen, at 722-6258.

Monday, Oct. 24, will be a second opportunity to help the effort. Class members will bus tables and serve dessert pizza at Sioux Center’s Pizza Ranch from 5:30-7:30, where 10 percent of sales and all of the tips during that time will be donated to the cause.

The Gen 100 class said all donations are gratefully appreciated. Class participants are (pictured front, from left) Alison Tjoelker, Josh Dykstra, Etson Williams, Benjamin Witte, Dana Vanden Hull (row 2, from left) Rachelle Kruisselbrink, Sam Doty, Sarah Teunissen, Marne De Bruin, Caryn Nydam, (row 3, from left) Professor Kae Van Engen, Jon Van Dixhoorn, Joseph Buhlig, Jesse Houweling, Tim Hoekstra.

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