Ronald Rice

Class of '58, Parent of former Whitworth student

Place of service: Wheelchairs for Nigeria

Why I Serve

There are tens of thousands of polio survivors in Nigeria who spend their lives crawling on the ground, and very little is being done to help them. Jesus said, “When you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous” (Luke 14:13-14).

How I Serve

In Seattle I raise money ($12,000/month) to build wheelchairs for polio survivors in Nigeria. On my annual September trip to Nigeria I help supervise the 49 employees in our wheelchair shop, and travel all over Nigeria distributing hundreds of wheelchairs to the tens of thousands of Nigerian polio survivors who otherwise spend their lives crawling on the ground. I will take 100 folding white canes for blind students in three schools for the blind and 65 digital voice recorders for the blind students at the University of Jos. We have many projects for the 430 deaf students suffering terrible government neglect at the state school for the deaf, including providing a generator for electricity, developing a farm for food, fruit trees, goats, a computer center and many other projects.