Presbyterians Today

NOV-DEC 2018

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38 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 | Pr e s by te r i a n s To d ay Albuquerque, New Mexico, gifts from the Christmas Joy Offering help Lucianna Astorga, the daughter of a medically disabled single mother, gain a Christian-grounded, academi- cally challenging education. It's the kind of education that Lucianna's mother, Dolores, wants for her daughter. The same aspiration for education is shared by Lucianna — an 11th- grader who is working hard to make her vision a reality. While other high- achieving students may spend their summers in enrichment classes or cultural exchanges, Lucianna devotes summer breaks to earning her tuition by pulling weeds, filing papers and cleaning classrooms at Menaul. Since the eighth grade, she has partici- pated in the school's summer work program. communities learn how to find their own solutions to problems like poor accessibility to water. While at Pan Am, he enrolled in dual credit courses at Texas A&M's Kingsville campus, where he studied mathematics, English, economics and political science. His academic record enabled him to receive a full four- year scholarship to Schreiner. A growing faith accompanied his academic achievements at Pan Am, Joshua says. He grew up in a Christian family, but he noted Pan Am helped him "to find faith on my own." He relished discovering the dif- ferent ways the diverse student body at Pan Am interpreted the Bible. "It helped me grow in a lot of ways, and it added perspective to my faith," he said. At the Menaul School in and across the developing world tackle water accessibility issues. He said the Kingsville, Texas, school's focus on academics helped prepare him for further study, and its emphasis on faith helped motivate him to service. He is now a first-year engineering student at Presbyterian- related Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas. Joshua dreams of the day when women and children will no longer have to tote large water cans, whose average weight exceeds 40 pounds when filled. The task is exhausting and can lead to strained backs, shoul- ders and necks. "It's an issue that I want to address by using all the means I have acquired," Joshua said. He wants not only to design ways to make water more accessible, but also to help COURTESY OF THE PRESBYTERIAN MISSION AGENCY Hurricane Maria left thousands in Puerto Rico without shelter and without food. Canned and packaged foods were sent from churches and organizations to help after the devastation, providing families with their much-needed daily bread.

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