Olton couple supports mission projects

Archie and Rosalyn Sorley have long been involved in support for missions. They’ve given financially and have traveled to the northwest United States and Mexico to help build churches.

So it wasn’t a tough decision for the couple to continue that support with a recent gift to Wayland Baptist University, specifically directed toward the partnership with Kenya Baptist Theological College. The Sorleys made a generous donation to the project, and their gift can help enable Kenyans to pursue their associate’s degree through Wayland and KBTC.

The couple learned of the Kenya partnership through a presentation at their church, First Baptist Church in Olton, by Wayland’s Virtual Campus director Dr. David Howle, who traveled to Kenya in the past to help with computer issues and attended the first graduation ceremony Wayland held in July 2003.

“He told us about the project and my husband immediately felt the need to contribute to it,” said Rosalyn Sorley, a retired teacher. “He leaned over to me while the man was still talking and said, ‘We need to support that.’”

The partnership provides students in Kenya with academic basics taught by visiting Wayland professors over the course of a few years. Courses in Bible and theology are provided by KBTC faculty, and the two are combined to fulfill the requirements for an Associate of Arts degree in religion.

Though Americans might not see the value in an associate’s degree, for the Kenyan students, the degree opens many doors for them to work in ministry and advance in their vocational careers, most of which involve education. The students make great sacrifices to attain the degree, often spending six months salary or more on the materials and coursework.

Gifts like the Sorleys’ can serve as scholarship funds for students with financial need to pursue the ministry degree and continue serving God in their country.

Lifelong residents of Olton who farm in the community, the Sorleys also made a donation recently to the Baptist Student Ministries at Wayland to assist students pursuing missions experiences this summer through various mission-sending agencies.

To them, the gifts are a natural extension of what they believe is a natural call from God.

“We can’t go and do anymore because of our age and physical disabilities,” Mrs. Sorley said. “But this is something we can do. Some are called to go, some are called to give and some to pray; but we are all called to support.”

For information on supporting Wayland Baptist University and mission projects, contact the university at 291-3425.