Meggie Meidlinger: Doors Ministries

Meidlinger will share the story of Doors’ founding, mission and growth since its 2012 founding in Uganda.

Maggie Meidlinger of Doors' Ministries

Monday, March 10, 2014  |  Franklin Hall  |  4:00pm  |  Open to the Public

Doors Ministries’ Meggie Meidlinger will speak at Ferrum College about Doors’ founding, mission and growth since its 2012 establishment in Uganda. In addition, Ferrum College Enactus Club members will be on hand selling jewelry made by Ugandan women as part of Doors’ Jubilee Jewelry Program. 

Doors Ministries consists of three main areas of ministry in Uganda: a home that currently houses 13 former street boys; a primary school that offers pre-school to middle school-equivalent educational opportunities to more than 80 students; and a women’s ministry that includes Bible study and the Jubilee Jewelry Program, which allows the women to supplement their income to better support themselves and their families.

Meidlinger, who has an architecture degree from Virginia Tech, worked with Engineering Ministries International (eMi) and used her Jubilee Jewelryarchitecture skills designing and building in east Africa.  During a year in Uganda, Meidlinger served with Doors tutoring students at the school, leading Bible studies for girls, and spending time with the boys at the home.  When her time with eMi ended, she stayed longer in Uganda to be with Doors full time in the boys’ home and doing design work for Doors as well.  Upon returning to the United States last fall, Meidlinger became the sponsorship coordinator for Doors stateside.

“Meggie is a perfect example of the Ferrum College motto, ‘Not Self, But Others,’ and I am excited for her to share the Doors Ministries story at the College. In today's society, it is so nice to see people doing good for those less fortunate. Too often we take for granted the opportunities that we have, especially in education,” said Ferrum College senior Amanda Farmer, who is coordinating Meidlinger’s visit to the College.  Farmer, who is a math major with double minors in business and education, is also involved with the jewelry sales project through Enactus.

Meidlinger's appearance is one of this year's "Sustaining Community Engagement" Academic Theme events coordinated with the School of Social Sciences and Professional Studies.