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Dordt alumna Carol Van Klompenburg to discuss transformations in Nicaragua

November 7, 2011

Longing to see a world beyond her own, Dordt College alumna and former professor and board member Carol Van Klompenburg headed to Nicaragua in 2008 for a 10-day service trip. As she explored, she discovered a people and a country that beckoned her to return again and again to hear the stories of lives transformed.

Those stories—and Van Klompenburg’s personal story—are included in her new book, On Mended Wings: Transforming Lives and Communities in Nicaragua. Van Klompenburg will discuss and sign copies of her book during a presentation at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, November 17, in the Dordt College Science and Technology Center (SB 101).

Through a compilation of interviews, journal entries, and photos, the book speaks in a very personal way, telling the stories of both Nicaraguans and North Americans who have been transformed by the concept that the entire world belongs to God.

“On Mended Wings is a book that I think will appeal to people on several levels,” said Van Klompenburg. “It tells the story of the Nehemiah Center, a collaboration of nonprofit organizations that are working together to help Nicaraguans transform their lives. It also includes amazing and very personal stories of people who have been transformed by a biblical worldview.”

Van Klompenburg holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Dordt College and a master’s degree in theater arts from the University of Minnesota. She taught English and speech at Dordt from 1972 through 1975, and returned to Dordt again in 1978-79 as publications editor. Van Klompenburg also served on Dordt’s board of directors from 2000 to 2006.

She is the author of six books, including Delightfully Dutch and In Search of a Better Way: The Lives and Legacies of Gary and Matilda Vermeer. Now living in Pella, Van Klompenburg is the owner of The Write Place, a communications agency that provides professional writing, graphic design, and campaign coordination services.

About her Nicaragua experiences, Van Klompenburg said with wonder, “When Nicaraguans see that God is God of all, something happens. Their lives are changed. I have learned much from them, and I feel as if I have just begun. My dream is that readers of On Mended Wings will learn from them as well.”

The 204-page book retails for $14.99 and can be ordered from The Write Place website at or by calling The Write Place at (641) 628-8398. Books can also be purchased from Carol Van Klompenburg at (641) 628-1307. For more information about the Nehemiah Center, visit

This event is jointly sponsored by the Sioux Center Public Library and the John and Louise Hulst Library at Dordt College.

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