Huntington co-ed helped by Springs Valley church now in Romania


FRENCH LICK, Ind. – According to the Rev. Linda Watson, pastor of Springs Valley UMC, “We have a miracle that happened at the Springs Valley … and because of it, a very happy young college girl is … headed to Romania!” Samantha, a Huntington University co-ed who was baptized and joined the church two years ago, has been warmly received by the members of the church. She has struggled to make ends meet in her life. Her mother was killed in a motorcycle accident when she was six years old and she was raised by her grandmother. Her family doesn’t attend a church and someday Samantha hopes to be a social worker. Members of Springs Valley UMC have been assisting her with a scholarship, book money, cards and gifts.

This past year, her education bills were higher than she anticipated and she ran short of money to go on a Volunteers in Mission trip to a Romanian orphanage to serve this month. She needed $3,000 to go on the trip. Watson made a plea with her Springs Valley congregation, as well as other congregations in the church’s cluster and through a story to the newspaper. She said following her plea, “people started sending money to Springs Valley, including several churches from our cluster, community people, Springs Valley people, and a scholarship from the United Methodist Women.”

A very surprised and grateful young woman is now in Romania at an orphanage, because of the generosity of United Methodist and other people in French Lick.

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