Scott has been a paramedic with EMS in Kansas City for 36 years. He attends Lakeland Community Church and has known Dignity:Liberia’s founder and president, Kathi Gutierrez, for 20 years. His life has reached a point where he has been blessed enough to serve as a Dignity Advocate with Dignity:Liberia. He said when God calls, great things can happen when you say yes. He had been concerned about bugs, diseases, and the heat, but found there weren’t that many bugs, and that the heat isn’t much worse than Kansas City’s.
Rick works for a company in Kansas City named Ace Pipe Cleaning. His company’s president and the wife of the company’s vice president have been on church missions through Lakeland Community Church. Listening to them talk about their experiences and seeing the videos they’ve made, made him want to “get off the couch” and “do something” instead of just writing a check. Rick has previously traveled to Haiti. He finds the hands-on experience to be much more fulfilling than simply providing funds.
There are so many ways to serve as a Dignity Advocate. Scott moved bricks, laid string to serve as plumb lines, videotaped interviews, and took polaroid pictures of some of the fistula survivors at the Phebe Rehab Center. Rick helped dig a well that is still in use at the maternity waiting home site. Both made friends and mentioned the contributions made by those with whom they worked.
After watching this brief video, you may be inspired to give of yourself. If so, please complete this form to let us know your interest and to find out more. You may not be able to take a trip to Liberia, but you can still contribute toward the maternity waiting home and fistula clinic by writing a tax-deductible check to Dignity:Liberia or donating online. The important thing is that you give from your heart.
We thank you for your ongoing interest and support. Merry Christmas!
Kathy Beth Stavinoha
Kathy Beth graduated from high school in Monrovia, Liberia in 1977. She retired from St. Edward’s University after 21+ years of service. She lives in Brenham, TX with her husband and cat.