Highland Youth Going On Kenyan Mission



There’s a special young lady in Highland County, who needs some help to help others in need.

“Hi, I’m Sydney Armstrong, and I am a 15 year old sophomore at Highland High School. I really enjoy playing sorts – I play volleyball right now, and basketball. I plan to go to college, and I want to become a teacher, because I love working with kids.”

Sounds like a typical teen – so what makes Sydney special? Her mother Leslie Armstrong explained more.

“Sydney is getting ready to go on a mission trip to Katali, Kenya. It’s going to be October 13th through the 24th.”

Sydney talked about how this came about, and some of the activities she will be involved in.

“Well, I’ve always really had a heart for missions, and there’s a church out in Indiana called White Horse Christian Church, and the church that I go to, which is Word Of Faith, we’re really close to the preacher there, and I went and talked to him about it, because we were there for a Christian conference, and he was like “I think I know the people to set you up with.” The man I’m going with is Dennis Nonnemocher, and he’s a missionary, and he’s gone all over the world, so I’m super excited, because he knows what he’s doing and I do not.

“My heart for missions is with orphans, and I’m going over there to minister to them. Play with them of course, and bring them stuff that they wouldn’t usually have. I’m giving a Sunday School lesson at the orphanage, but I’m also going to be giving a testimony, my testimony, at a high school.

We’re going to do a pastors’ conference, where we’re going to meet pastors from all over Africa, and there’s also widows, and we’ll be talking to them and ministering to them. But my part in it is mostly with the orphans.”

Cost for participation is $2,500, not counting supplies, shoes, crafts and books for the orphans. A fundraising event will occur this weekend to help with these costs, as Ms. Armstrong explains.

“Word Of Faith Church, the outreach, is having a fundraising dinner for her. It is September 17th, this Saturday, from 4:30 until about 7:00. It’s a free will offering.”

Mother will not be accompanying daughter on the trip, but it sounds like Sydney has it covered.

“No, I’m not going with her. This is something that Sydney has a heart for, and something that she’s interested in that the Lord has put on her heart, and this is something that she needs to do on her own.”

“Well, it’s just about helping people. I mean, who wouldn’t want to go help little orphans who have nothing? That just really touches me as a person, and who I am.”

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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