Bible club hosts youth volunteer

Posted Nov. 2, 2007
Seanette Garcia
Dylan Haro, sophomore psychology major president of the Working on Not Disappointing Our God club meets with other members weekly to discuss biblical passages and beliefs. The club is non-denominational, but focuses on the teaching of the Bible.

Dan Sayles
Staff Writer

David Andrews held a slide show presentation on Tuesday inside the University of La Verne Chapel on his trip to Peru and how economic policies affect the people there.

He spoke to an audience of about 30 people.

Andrews was invited to come speak and was able to do so due to the donations made by Working On Not Disappointing Our God, WONDOG, and other departments.

“We haven’t gotten a lot of speakers lately,” WONDOG President Dylan Haro said. “This is the first we’ve had in a while.”

Before the presentation Andrews treated audience members to a picture show of his trip to Peru.

The pictures ranged from Andrews holding a sloth, to pictures of steep valleys and towns located within them.

The presentation entitled, “Saving the Savages,” may evoke the common perception of Christian missionaries forcing the Bible on the “ignorant” indigenous people outside their sphere of influence.

Instead Andrews was quick to point out the title was not referring to the souls of the people.

Rather, he said, he was more concerned with the economic policies that they have to deal with.

Before he went on to expand on the economic policies of Peru, Andrews explained what he was doing as a youth volunteer and the problems he had faced with the locals, and the nearby companies that have their factories there.

“The normal lead poisoning people get are levels of around three to five,” Andrews said. “The children at La Oroya have levels of 35.”

Andrews also relayed a story of a mother unknowingly making baby formula in a lead pot, and another of building a library for a public school, but due to the insufficient funding from the local church, the library has been without a roof for the past few years.

WONDOG, which donated money from its small membership, is an on-campus club with the hopes of bringing people on campus together to focus on their own personal relationship with God.

“We’re a Christian-based Bible study group and we focus on personal and philosophical studies,” Haro said. “We explore the possibility of salvation by other means.”

The club also holds discussions, with participants talking about scheduled topics and sponsor guest speakers similar to Andrews to talk about their experiences and beliefs.

While WONDOG normally focuses exclusively on the Christian faith, they talk about other religions as well, discussing the differences between belief systems.

“We talked about the other religions the past few meetings,” Haro said. “Talking about what salvation is.”

The size of an everyday WONDOG meeting is relatively small, normally around two to three people, usually with a gospel brunch preceding it.

Fanya Pagler, sophomore is enthusiastic about the small club and everything that it has to offer.

She joined WONDOG her freshman year.

“Everyone’s really nice,” Pagler said. “I try to go to meetings every time.”

Dan Sayles can be reached at dsayles@ulv.edu.

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