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Campus pitches in for a truck

Dea Lieu

Dea Lieu

Dea Lieu graduated from Dordt College last spring and returned to his home country of Ivory Coast and the family he’d left for four years to pursue his education in the United States. Dea Lieu’s goal is to help people in his country learn new ways to farm so that they can better feed themselves and their families. His organization, Engaging the Fight against Poverty, is committed to showing poor farmers how to farm in a way that is more effective, more efficient, and more sustainable. He also wants to share his faith and finds people very open to the gospel. To do his work, he must travel to far flung villages across poor, rutted roads.

Two Dordt staff members, Ron Rynders and Rich Haan, traveled to Ivory Coast in January to visit Dea and saw his need for a pickup truck to do his work. Working through their church, First Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Center, and Partners Worldwide, they raised $10,000 of the $15,000 needed for Dea to purchase a pickup. At the end of the year, Rynders challenged the college community to help raise the last $5000.

“I was completely amazed and humbled at the way some people responded,” says Rynders. “One student came in and wrote a check for $20. Then another came in and laid a $100 check on my desk.”

Many in the campus community contributed checks of $50, $100, even $250. “We are so close that I dare to tell you that the pickup is nearly reality,” says Rynders. “We asked Dea to start looking in earnest, now that we’re this close, so that if he finds something good, he can buy it. Pray that he can locate a good vehicle at an affordable price.”

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