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Within days of the earthquake in Haiti, students at Southern Heights Christian Reformed Church, in Kalamazoo, Mich., organized a rock-a-thon to support the ministry of a Christian orphanage located just outside of Port-au-Prince.

For nine hours, 18 middle- and high-schoolers rocked nonstop in chairs at the church. They raised nearly $4,600 for God’s Littlest Angels, the Haitian orphanage where a young member of Southern Heights spent the first part of his life.

The orphanage’s building survived the earthquake, but the orphanage anticipates working with many more newly orphaned children who will need love and assistance. It is also helping the surrounding community with clothing, medical supplies, and more.

Ken VanderLugt, director of student ministry at Southern Heights, sees the call of God’s Spirit in the effort of the young rockers, whom he characterizes as mission-minded with a passion for service to others.

“They are truly the hands of Jesus for our hurting world,” he said.

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