Artist joins mission to Africa

They were asked to display their paintings. Alison, who has always made her living as an artist, didn't want to sell this painting for profit. In the last number of years she has donated 10 percent of the proceeds when she sells a painting to the Blood:water Mission in Africa.

"I figured whoever bought this, the total proceeds ($750) will go directly to Blood:water mission," she said.

There was a statement about this with the Blood:water mission brochure in the lobby of the church with her painting. A gentleman who plays in the worship band, Mike Rufo, and his wife Doreen, approached her about the painting. They had just built a house and didn't have a piece of art to place over their mantel.

When they got the painting in their home and read of the Blood: Water mission, they contacted her. They had been wanting to do something, as God had been speaking to them about Africa. When they read this brochure, they felt confirmed in what they should do, which was to adopt a village. The concept was to bring help to the village that the villagers asked for; versus let's do this and that for these poor people. Their missions thus far have been mostly centered around health care.

The village the Rufo's adopted is in Senegal in West Africa. It is Ndiadiane and its location is as follows: North 14 degree 29.088' and West 16 degrees 38.151'.

Alison begins with VBS

This summer Alison worked with the youth of the church at their Vacation Bible School's Kids Quest to raise funds to purchase mosquito nets. Mosquito bites can transmit malaria, which is virtually nonexistent in the U.S. today, but still a major threat around the world.

"We sold T-shirts, 'Helping here and there USA -- Africa,'" Alision said.

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