Christmas break has typically been a time for students to visit family, sleep and celebrate the holidays. Madalyn Humphrey, a sophomore at Ashland University, has also found time to raise money for an upcoming mission trip.
Bread for God's Children is Humphrey's program to help raise not only funding, but awareness of the mission she plans to attend in March during her spring break from school.
"My goal is to raise $2,000 to attend the mission to Oscar Romero Children's Village Orphanage in La Liberta, El Salvador," Humphrey said. "The trip is offered through the Newman Center at Ashland University in Ohio."
The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Christian Broschart
Madalyn Humphrey, left, makes bread Thursday, filling orders for the Bread for God’s Children program. Humphrey, assisted by her mother Ruth Humphrey, is making and selling bread to pay her way for a mission trip to El Salvador in March. The group will work with children during their mission at Oscar Romero Children’s Village Orphanage.
Humphrey said the idea to bake and sell bread came because she took a bread baking class at St. Brendan Church from Mary Smakula.
"This has been the most fun fundraiser I have ever participated in," Humphrey said. "My mother and lots of my friends have helped me knead and bake the breads. Others have given me supplies to fill my orders and others have offered their prayers."
Humphrey has already baked and sold 150 loaves of bread and is about half-way to her goal. She is selling wheat bread, rosemary wheat bread and wheat bread with craisins and chocolate chips.
Her mother, Ruth Humphrey, said she is proud of her daughter for taking on this goal.
"I love the idea that the mission means so much to her," Ruth Humphrey said. "I am glad to see her giving back, learning and doing what she really enjoys. I also appreciate everyone supporting her, especially with prayers."
Humphrey said she will take orders for her bread through Jan. 9, when she will return to school. Orders can be placed by calling 304-636-6831.
"Any funds collected above the $2,000 mark will be used for others attending the mission," Humphrey said. "Anything beyond that will be used at the mission for the children."
Humphrey said the mission trip will be in March for nine days. There are 15 members on the team from Ashland University, including five that attended last year. While in El Salvador, the mission group will play with the children in the orphanage and help teach them English.
"Last year we had a soccer tournament with the kids," she said. "They called it the Gringos versus the orphanage. They always win, but it is a great time. Another game they like is 'mica,' which means tag.
"The kids last year were amazing and I fell in love with each one of them," she said. "The really sad part is the hurt you can see in the children's eyes."
Oscar Romero Children's Village Orphanage was founded during El Salvador's civil war to care for orphaned children. Today it is home to children who are abandoned, orphaned or abused.
"The laws in El Salvador have changed, and the children must go before a judge every three months to retell their story of why they are in the orphanage," Humphrey said. "It seems a horrible thing to make these children rehash these terrible stories so many times. Also, children whose parents live in poverty are not permitted to live in the orphanage anymore. A month after that law was passed, nine children who had to leave the orphanage died."
"I am very excited to get back to the orphanage and be with the children again," Humphrey said. "I also want to thank St. Brendan Church for letting me use their kitchen, thank those who have helped, thank those who have purchased bread and especially thank all those who are and who continue to pray for me."