This Friday the NNU campus community will celebrate one of its most beloved Christmas traditions: the Christmas Carol Sing in the last chapel service of the semester. This year marks the 21st year of the student body gathering to sing (and act out) every silly Christmas carol they can fit into 50 minutes, everything from “Jingle Bells” to “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.”
This year the event will serve a greater purpose than just reveling in the anticipation of the holiday season. Dubbed “12 Dollars of Christmas,” Friday’s chapel is a fundraiser for the Annie Gorman Medical Clinic in Namankwan, Ghana. NNU students, staff and faculty are encouraged to bring a donation of $12 or more to give a significant boost to the ongoing effort the student body has embraced of helping finish the clinic named in honor of sophomore Annie Gorman.
The student body has pledged $16,000 in support of the clinic that Annie has been working to build since her senior year of high school. They have raised $5,100 so far through weekly offerings. The funds will go towards finishing the electrical and plumbing hookups and provide some furnishings and equipment. When completed, the medical clinic will serve the needs of the most vulnerable, particularly mothers, children and the elderly, in a vastly underserved area that reaches over 600 square miles and well over 50,000 people.
Annie, who suffers from a degenerative bone disease, selected an enormous challenge for her senior project at Skyview High School. She wanted to do something that would bring much needed medical assistance to people who would not otherwise have it. “If I had been born in a developing part of the world, it is likely I would have died a long time ago,” Annie shared in an article she authored for “Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Magazine” last spring.
By baking and selling gourmet cupcakes and additional donations made through the non-profit organization Compassion for Africa, she has already raised enough money for the construction of the building. A medical missions team of NNU students visited the area last June and brought back with them a contagious passion to help Annie finish what she has started.
“I believe everyone can do something to help someone else however small it may seem. I’m simply trying to do what I can with what I have. If fewer children and people with disabilities in Ghana die needlessly because of my help, I will be very grateful,” said Annie. The NNU campus community is hopeful that donations both small and large that come in this Friday will help make that goal a reality.
To learn more or to make a donation visit compassionforafrica.org or search Anniekins Bakery on Facebook or attend Friday’s chapel service at 10:00 a.m. at the NNU Brandt Center.