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Taking Christmas to Africa

Local family to spend holidays ministering to orphans


From the left, Shannon, Scott and Bailey Maier of West Liberty display Bellefontaine High School soccer jerseys that will travel with them to Ethiopia and Rwanda later this month during their trip with the organization Visiting Orphans. The jerseys, along with toys and other items, will be donated to children in those countries. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MANDY LOEHR)

Christmas time will look a little different than unusual this year for the Maier family of West Liberty.

The local residents won’t be cozying up together by the fireplace to unwrap presents from under their Christmas tree. Instead, Scott and Shannon Maier and their daughter, Bailey, 18, will be leaving the comforts of home to venture about 8,000 miles away to minister to orphans in Rwanda and Ethiopia.

On Dec. 26, the trio departs for their two-week trek led by the Christian organization Visiting Orphans, which works to fulfill the Biblical mandate given in James 1:27 of “visiting orphans” in their distress. They will be a part of a group of about 30 U.S. residents making the journey.

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