Extra Credit: MUS Missionary

By Kym Clark - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Alex Taylor, a freshman at Memphis University School, is already a great humanitarian at the ripe young age of 15. Alex spent last summer and the summer before in Livingston, Zambia, one of the poorest countries in Africa, working at the Global Samaritan Orphanage for children who have lost both of their parents to AIDS.

Alex says it's been an enlightening experience, "Just opened my eyes to a whole new world because we come from a place like America where there's just so much stuff that we don't even need all of it - to a place like Africa where they don't have much stuff and they reuse everything they have."

And Alex's trip didn't end in Zambia. He also went on safari and visited Egypt where he saw the Great Pyramids, interpreted ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, and learned another invaluable life lesson in the process. "Just get a better perspective of the Muslim culture and not just the radicals that you always hear about everyday. They're actually real people just like you and me. They don't want violence. They're just like Christians. They just want to practice their faith."

Adds Alex, "I'm thankful for it and I'm very glad that God has blessed me to just open my eyes to a whole new world and just see a whole new perspective on life."

Alex says his trips to the orphanage have also ignited an interest in him for missionary work on a more permanent basis. And he asks for your help to allow the orphanage to continue its work by sponsoring a child or donating money.

You can find a link for an application to the Global Samaritans website by going to our website at wmctv.com. And, if you have an idea for an Extra Credit report, please send an email to: extracredit@wmctv.com.

Copyright 2010 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.