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Bethel presents “check for charity” to Ohio youth group

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Clark Oswald, Bethel College associate director of admissions, visited Kidron (Ohio) Mennonite Church May 16 to present a check for $1,000 from the college’s exhibit at the Mennonite Youth Convention (MYC) in Columbus, Ohio, last July.

Lehman chose three organizations: Interlink Ministries, based in Apple Creek, Ohio, which provides services to help congregations, other Christian organizations, individuals, long- and short-term independent missionaries and other Christian workers pursue their vision for ministry; JAARS, based in Waxhaw, N.C., a nonprofit organization committed to facilitating Bible translation by giving technical support and resources to Wycliffe Bible Translators, SIL International and related organizations around the world; and Mission Aviation Fellowship, based in Nampa, Idaho.

Each of the four full days of the MYC in Columbus, youth who visited Bethel’s booth could both help put together playground equipment for a local kindergarten and drop a ticket in the hopper. On the last day of the convention, three tickets were drawn, bearing the names of members of youth groups from Harrisonburg (Va.) Mennonite Church, Kidron Mennonite Church and University Mennonite Church in State College, Pa.

Oswald presented the check at Harrisonburg Nov. 22, 2009, and is scheduled to be at University Mennonite July 25.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the only Kansas private college to be ranked in’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2009 and one of only two Kansas colleges listed in Colleges of Distinction 2008-09. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at

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