Wellspring bounty overflows

27 students from Junior High Ignite group at Aldergrove Alliance Church dressed in finest to serve desserts at "Ignite Rwanda" fundraiser

Servers Virginia Nikkel and Faith Johannesson serve desserts to Wellspring's founder and executive director

Servers Virginia Nikkel and Faith Johannesson serve desserts to Wellspring's founder and executive director

This past Sunday, 27 students from the Junior High Ignite group at Aldergrove Alliance Church dressed in their finest to serve desserts to over 80 guests at their “Ignite Rwanda” fundraiser. Their goal is to raise funds for a soccer field at the Wellspring Academy in Rwanda.

The junior youth have been seeking ways to serve both their local and global communities this year. Their first fundraiser was a bake sale to raise funds for a community family to attend a fetal alcohol conference next month. The group raised above and beyond what was needed and chose to use the extra towards a global project. They chose to help build a soccer field in Rwanda.

This past Sunday’s dessert and film night raised over $2,400, with a bonus matching gift which meant they actually raised over $4,800. All funds will be used for the soccer field. Bill Ede, from Aldergrove Soccer, has also offered to donate some extra equipment for the school.

Wellspring is developing quality schools and equipping teachers at the heart of the education system to make a difference in the lives of young people across Rwanda. Not only is Wellspring working in over 40 Rwandan public schools, but they have created the Wellspring Academy which offers a quality Christian education to 400 students in grade K through 7, including orphaned and impoverished children.

The academy is already establishing itself as one of the best schools in Rwanda. It is locally sustainable. Today’s students—and those who follow after them—will be well placed to become future leaders of their country. For more information on Wellspring visit www.thewellspringfoundation.com

Group leader Janice Nikkel said, “I am so impressed and proud of these young people. They are an outstanding group. When I would lean over throughout the night and share reports of how impressed the grown-ups were with how well they were serving, they would stand a little straighter and gave a proud smile. They rose to the challenge.”

Aldergrove Alliance’s junior youth program ‘Ignite’ was launched this past fall with a vision to speak courage, hope, faith, god’s word, laughter, discipline & character into the lives of junior high youth at Aldergrove Alliance.