Dordt College News

College garage sale to benefit Dea Lieu

February 23, 2011

A group of Dordt students are combining a desire to declutter with the cause of raising money to support the life and ministry work of Dea Lieu. The students are holding a garage sale and bake sale with items donated from faculty, staff, and students of Dordt College. The sale, held in the Defender Grille area in the lower level of the Dordt College Campus Center, will go from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 5.

The garage sale was the inspiration of a group of Dordt students who spent a semester reading and studying the book, “Radical,” by David Platt, the pastor of a church in Birmingham, Ala. The book encourages people to evaluate their lives in the light of God’s Word and consider how God wants them to live. The students’ study of the book helped them reprioritize and discover what is truly important.

A member of the group, Dordt College junior and engineering major Stephen Pederson, says that after reading the book “we knew that we needed to make a change. So, we’re trying…the purpose of the garage sale is to invite participants to lighten their lives of excess clutter.”

Beyond decluttering, the purpose of the sale is to raise funds for Lieu’s necessary kidney transplant. Lieu is a recent Dordt graduate with an agriculture mission in Ivory Coast. His ministry was halted in 2002 when, during a civil war, rebels looted and destroyed the entire farm. After this destruction, Lieu decided to come to Dordt College to earn his degree in missions and agriculture. His ministry in Ivory Coast continued after college, where he and a group of other Christians rebuilt the farm. Recently, Lieu learned that he has kidney failure. As he waits a kidney transplant, he is on dialysis in the U.S.

The community is invited to shop and help support Lieu and his ministry. Donations that are not sold will be given to Justice For All in Rock Valley. There will also be baked goods available. People are welcome to make a donation even if they don’t find anything they wish to purchase.

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