Religion News: First Presbyterian mission reaches Kenyan students

After homeless students in the Bahati section of Nairobi, Kenya, graduate from eighth grade they often end up begging for food or work. The government does not provide free high school education.

For the past four years, the Missions Ministry of the First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head Island has provided scholarships for about 60 of these students.

"We are providing hope and opportunity for children in a part of the world where that is sorely lacking and greatly needed," Mary-Stuart Alderman said.

She and her husband, Jack, are members of the Missions Ministry Committee. The couple have seen the positive influence of their efforts.

"These young boys have overcome a lot of obstacles, but they are still optimistic and they have hope and they know that somebody cares about them," she said. "Education is just one of the essential pieces for these kids' abilities to lead a productive life, off the streets, that is fulfilling and to be able to sustain themselves."

Mary-Stuart said one student told her, "It took somebody on the other side of the world who believed I could make it to enable me to go to school."

After graduating from eighth grade the homeless children live in warehouses, Mary-Stuart said. About a block from where these homeless children seek refuge is Bahati Martyrs Presbyterian Church, which works with the Hilton Head group to get each student a $500 scholarship to enroll into private high schools.

So far, one female student who was sponsored by the Hilton Head program has graduated high school and has been accepted into medical school.

Future funding for the scholarships will be received at the pay-it-forward movie, "A Small Act," to be aired at 3 p.m. Sunday at Coligny Theatre. The movie is about a child in Kenya who receives the gift of scholarship money from a sponsor in Sweden and the difference it makes in both their lives. Admission is $6 (cash only) and half will go to the church's Bahati Scholarship program.

"The film is just an example of why the whole idea of providing scholarships for these kids is wonderful," Mary-Stuart said.

The church is at 540 William Hilton Parkway, between mile markers 5 and 6.

Details: 843-681-3696,


"Inspiring Wellness III: Back to Basics," sponsored by Health Ministries at First Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head Island, will be held at 8 a.m. today, with free health screenings, seminars, testimonials and a fitness fashion show. Free glaucoma, foot, postural and vital signs screenings are from 8-9:30 a.m. Seminars begin at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. Lunch is provided and will be followed by "Preachers Paring Pounds" fitness testimonials with local pastors and a fitness fashion show by Players World of Sports. A weekly free wellness support group will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays in the south entrance classroom at the church beginning Tuesday. Refreshments are provided; registration is requested. A donation of $5 is requested at the door.

Details: 843-681-3696,


Angel Food orders may be placed from 9-10 a.m. today at St. John's Lutheran Church, 157 Lady's Island Drive, Beaufort. Orders may be placed online anytime at

Details: 843-379-9673, 843-540-2207


Unity In Action closes out its Fifth Sunday Revival and Union Week at 11 a.m. Sunday. Church of the Harvest Apostolic, St. Helena Island is the host church. The speaker is Pastor Jerome Middleton.

Details: 843-846-6017, 843-838-2889


Jim Key will discuss "Looking Back, Moving Forward" at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Beaufort. Prior to his district service, Key was an organizer of the UU Fellowship of Beaufort, where he served as president and chairman of finance, long-range planning and stewardship committees. The fellowship meets at the Wardle Family YMCA, 1801 Richmond Ave., Port Royal.

Details: 843-838-1399


Based on the book of Revelation, Beth Moore will deliver a DVD-based lecture series from 6-7:45 p.m. on Tuesdays, Feb. 1-April 12, at Resurrection Christian Church. The church is at 296 Spanish Wells Road, Hilton Head Island.

Details: 843-689-3625,


The Rev. John Dortch, associate minister of the St. Paul Baptist Church, will speak from noon-12:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Lunch Hour of Power in Helen Galloway's Memorial Chapel of Chisholm Galloway Home for Funerals, 808 Bladen St., Beaufort.

Details: 843-524-6634


Port Royal United Methodist Church will offer an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at the church, 16th Street and Columbia Avenue, Port Royal. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3.50 for children.

Details: 843-986-2953


Beaufort Aglow will meet at 11 a.m. Feb. 5 at the second floor conference room at Port Royal Medical Center, 1320 South Ribaut Road, Port Royal. The South Carolina Coastal Leadership Team President Von Raiford will present training on positions in the Aglow Lighthouse Teams.

Details: 843-525-0525,


The music ministry of Canaan Missionary Baptist Church will sponsor a retreat to Orlando, Fla., March 31-April 2. The adults will visit the Holy Land Experience and the youth will visit Universal Studios and participate in other activities. The final day to register is March 1. For an itinerary, contact Evelyn Carter at 843-846-4115 or Beverly Ferguson at 843-263-8599. The church is at 908 Trask Parkway, Sheldon.

Details: 843-846-4175