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Calvin and Biola Alumni Building a Redemptive Business Model

While teaching English in Thailand during the summer of 2003, Alisa Volbeda’s merely cultural Christianity became vividly real and personal. Back at Calvin for her junior year, she asked God a big question: How does a business-communications major work in international missions?

The direction Volbeda ’05 got was so clear that she looked around her in North Hall for the angel-in-shining-light that had put the poster in front of her. It read: If you’re a business student, learn how to use your degree for missions.

Thus began Volbeda’s involvement—incubated and encouraged, she added, by her professors in Calvin’s business department—with the Business As Missions (BAM) movement. Today, through two different projects, she’s working out the answer to her question.

An MBA student at Biola University (Calif.), Volbeda is also the marketing coordinator for Central Creative Group, a small communications design company in Chino, Calif. Last October she and the president of Central Creative, Henry Miersma, traveled with their pastor to a child care center in Maseru, Lesotho. Called Beautiful Gate, the center takes in orphaned, often abandoned infants and toddlers. Nearly all have HIV/AIDS. CrossPoint Christian Reformed Church supports Beautiful Gate, and church members Volbeda and Miersma were there to collect pictures and stories they would use to design a capital campaign to help Beautiful Gate meet its 2009 budget.

The campaign to raise $300,000 for Beautiful Gate is well under way and includes a March 19 benefit concert at CrossPoint featuring the twice Grammy-nominated Christian rock band Leeland. Besides working out her calling through Central Creative’s involvement with Beautiful Gate, Volbeda has initiated her own business-as-missions project that she hopes will become a “turn-key model for other developing nations ...” Click here to read the rest of the article on the Calvin website

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