Operation Christmas Child recipient coming to Hays

Boun (pronounced Bone) Thorne grew up on a boat in Cambodia. Her mother cared for Boun and her siblings until her father’s alcoholism led to increased abuse in her home. Then her mother sent her to live with an aunt.

But after the young girl was assaulted by her uncle, Thorne was taken to a counseling center for victims of sexual trafficking. A short time later, Thorne received her first-ever gift--a bright red and green Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift filled with a new pair of shoes, hair bows, and a jump rope. She said her favorite item was a stuffed animal that she slept with every night.

Thorne said that’s when she understood for the first time what unconditional love is and that it was God’s love that inspired the people who packed her shoebox gift.

Thorne will be in Hays to share her story at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Messiah Lutheran Church, 2000 Main.

Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, a disaster relief organization headquartered in Boone, N.C. Each year thousands of individuals pack shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, and personal hygiene items to distribute to needy children across the globe. Thorne was one of those children.

In 2018 more than 10.6 million shoeboxes were collected worldwide, with more than 6,800 of those collected in Northwest Kansas. Shoebox Collection Week this year will be Nov. 18 through 25.

More information on Thorne’s visit is available from Rachel Albin, Northwest Kansas coordinator for Operation Christmas Child, at (785) 639-1325 or ralbinmk@yahoo.com.


Messiah Lutheran services to focus on missions

Messiah Lutheran Church, 2000 Main, has two events scheduled in September that focus on missions.

The Rev. Brent Smith, who works with the fundraising arm of the Lutheran Church, will be speaking on Sunday, Sept. 8. His talk will focus on the partnership with a school in Lima, Peru. Smith will speak at both the 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services.

The Rev. Rocco Mallardi, pastor at Messiah, said a group from the church will be going to Peru in October to work with the school there.

Then, on Sunday, Sept. 22, Pastor Farrukh Kahn, from the Chicago area, will speak at both services. Kahn is a missionary who works with Muslim immigrants, Mallardi said.

“All are welcome to come and hear,” Mallardi said.


Trinity Lutheran plans service projects

Members of Trinity Lutheran Church, 2703 Fort, will be doing a variety of service projects from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. following their worship service on Sunday, Sept. 8

“God’s work, Our hands” will feature “opportunities for all ages and skill levels, and a pizza lunch will be provided,” according to information from the church.

Members of the Us 4 U student group at Fort Hays State University will be joining in the volunteer efforts. Community members are invited as well.


The church’s worship service begins at 10:15 a.m.


Style show will stress fashion on a budget

Women wanting tips on how to dress stylishly on a limited budget won’t want to miss the “Second-Hand Rose Style Show” on Monday, Sept. 9, at the Hays After 5 Christian women’s meeting.

Models will feature the latest in fashions that they purchased for a fraction of the original cost at thrift shops, Goodwill, and garage sales. The fun evening will begin at 7 p.m. at the Rose Garden Banquet Hall, 2350 E. Eighth.

Local journalist Becky Kiser will emcee the style show. Kiser, who works for Eagle Communications, produces news for the Hays Post website and five Hays radio stations. She has also taught broadcast journalism classes at Fort Hays State University.

Also on the program will be inspirational speaker Donna Roth Hillis of Wichita. Hillis, a former corporate flight attendant and retired nurse, is now the board chair of the West Wichita YMCA.

In her talk titled “Shattered But Not Broken,” Hillis will share how an ordinary life can be transformed into something extraordinary.

All teachers in attendance at the program will be recognized.

Cost of the dinner program is $12.50. Reservations are required by Thursday, Sept. 5, to daisymae0917@yahoo.com or to (785) 202-1036. Hays After 5 is affiliated with Stonecroft Ministry of Overland Park.


ECMA Board sets September meeting

The Ellis County Ministerial Alliance (ECMA) will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2703 Fort St.

Presentations to the board must be scheduled in advance with the ECMA president at president@ourecma.com.


‘Community Paint-a-thon’ coming up Sept. 14

Habitat for Humanity of Ellis County and the Center for Student Involvement at Fort Hays State University will be teaming up for a “Community Paint-a-thon” on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Marisa Carman, student director of the FHSU center, said, “We want to help residents in the local community who may not be able to paint their houses themselves or can’t afford to have them professionally done.”

Leslie Wyatt, executive director of the local Habitat chapter, said Habitat will provide all the painting supplies.

Carman said homeowners who are in need of the groups’ services should contact her by Saturday, Aug. 31, at (785) 628-5537 or service@fhsu.edu.

She said 40 to 60 volunteer painters are needed, who will work 3½ to 4-hour shifts. Volunteers may sign up using the contact information above. The volunteer signup deadline is Saturday, Sept. 7.