15th August 2000

 

GRADUATE MISSIONARY SPREADS THE WORD

 

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside graduate David Taylor struggled for years to get his life back on track.

 

But despite coping with alcohol and drug problems the born again Christian is now devoting his life to missionary work.

 

David, 51, was born and bred in Hull but now lives in Santa Marta, Colombia, where he runs Colombia ChildCare (UK), a charity which he founded several years ago with the support of the Assemblies of God Christian church.

 

An ordained minister, David provides as many Colombian children as possible with an education, nutritional food and medical care through donations and sponsorship channelled through his supporters back home.

 

Business lecturer John Flynn remains in close contact with David, who has lived and worked among the poorest families in Colombia and Cost Rica for the past five years.

 

“The ministry supports the poorest of the poor and David’s selfless work in Santa Marta helps keep many children off the streets - providing them with basic care plus the encouragement to become who God intended them to be,” said John.

 

Before graduating in Applied Social Science David served as assistant to the then university chaplain, David Kennedy, going on to become one of the chaplains at Hull Prison.

 

He was then sent out to Latin America by the Assemblies of God of Great Britain and Ireland.

 

David spent four years in Central and South America with Teen Challenge and David has also initiated children’s social awareness projects in Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala.

 

To support the sponsorship drive, anyone interested in sponsoring a child can attend the charity’s open day on 30th September in Hull. Call John Flynn on 01482 463244 for details.

 

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Press Officer Sam Hendley. Tel: 01522 886042