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Dordt volleyball squad raises funds for orphanage in Uganda

November 16, 2009


 “Serving” is something volleyball players do regularly, but a different type of serving was happening off the court at a recent Dordt volleyball match.

Dordt’s varsity and junior varsity women hosted a bake sale on Oct. 31, to raise funds for the Amani Baby Cottage, an orphanage in Jinja,Uganda.

The fund-raiser was in response to a message they’d heard in chapel, “You Are What You Don’t Yet Own.” In it, Pastor Aaron Baart had challenged students to think about their consumerism and what the Bible has to say about how we spend our money.

The team meets weekly for Bible study, and decided that “instead of just talking about it, let’s do something.” Jana Van Zanten had volunteered this past summer at an orphanage in Uganda, and suggested that as a team they raise funds to help this worthy cause.

Team members did some baking and also contacted parents and grandparents to ask for donations. Between them all, they were able to come up with three tables laden with homemade goodies for the home game against Northwestern College. Community Outreach Program volunteers (Aaron Coon and Amber Weingartner) manned the tables while the girls played volleyball.

The group managed to raise nearly $1,500 for the orphanage, which is being forced to buy the land and buildings they are currently leasing. They need to raise about $25,000 to do so.

Van Zanten plans to volunteer at the orphanage again next summer. The Pella, Iowa, freshman will be accompanied by two fellow students: teammate Kendra Potgeter, from Byron Center, MI, and Kendra’s roommate, Megan Pothoven, from Kellogg, Iowa.

Anyone who would like to know more about the Amani Baby Cottage can visit the website at

Audio chapel messages are posted on Dordt's website.


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