Pastor Jim Pearson from Sterling Lutheran Church called to let me know there would be a benefit from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Sterling Senior Center. The church will host a spaghetti dinner to benefit Kent Aslett's ongoing missionary work in Nicaragua.
I told Pastor Jim I would be happy to put the information in. Then I had a conversation with Kent's daughter, Sarah Williams, and learned, as Paul Harvey would say the rest of the story.
Kent is a former Sterling resident. In 1984 he was in a hunting accident and broke his neck. He was paralyzed and is in a wheelchair. With circumstances like that you would hardly expect Kent to move to another country and begin a ministry, but that is exactly what he did.
Kent now lives in Nicaragua where he shares his faith and helps his small community in many ways. He helps orphaned children and started a Sunday school. He has always been interested in ham radios, and after Hurricane Mitch ravished the area where he lived, he was able to get information out about the need for aid with his radio.
"The contacts he made, made it possible for him to start an actual radio station that reaches much of Nicaragua," Sarah said. "He allows different churches to have someone preach on the air. The only restrictions are they have to be Bible believing Christians. The station plays music and they have people come and sing. They even designed and made the radio antenna themselves."
The radio station just had its third anniversary. Sara said that more than 600 people from across the country came for the celebration.
The money raised at Saturday's fundraiser will help Kent to continue his work with the Nicaraguan people. Since the electric power is very sporadic there, the station often has to rely on a gasoline generator for power, so the expense of fuel can really add up. Sarah said Kent also has dreams of someday being able to start a television station.
If you are interested in helping out this cause, stop by the center this Saturday and have some pasta and help out. A silent auction also will be held for homebaked desserts.
The Sterling Elementary School is a collection site for items for Christmas baskets for local families in need. New toys, new clothing and non-perishable foods are needed. These items or cash donations to purchase them can be dropped off at the office any time before 9 a.m. Dec. 14.
Sterling Elementary is once again participating in the Great Aluminum Can Round Up. Aluminum cans may be dropped off outside the big red box with the recycling sign painted on it at the far end of the building in the small parking lot.
Adult volleyball will resume at Sterling Elementary School from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning this Wednesday. Adults and youth over the age of 16 are invited to come and play.
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