Meidlinger will share the story of Doors’ founding, mission and growth since its 2012
founding in Uganda.
Ferrum, Va. (March 3, 2014) – On Monday, March 10, 2014, 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. Meidlinger’s presentation
and the jewelry sale, which are open to the public, will take place at 4 PM in the
Panthers Den in Franklin Hall on campus.
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 architecture 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
“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.
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