Wallace, 25, will be headed back home on Dec. 4. He has been staying in Cadiz since September, and it has been his fourth trip to America. Each time, he has traveled here to speak about Glory Outreach, a local missions-oriented charity organization.
Elizabeth Englert, founder of Glory Outreach, met Wallace while on a mission trip in Jamaica in 2003. He and his friends had recently formed God’s Glory Band, but they did not have any instruments to play with. Englert decided she wanted to help him out and asked him if he could give her a list of what he needed. He gave her a list while she was there in February, and by May, she had sent five guitars, eight keyboards, as well as other equipment. All of these were from donations in Trigg County, Englert said.
The same year, Englert formed Glory Outreach with the purpose of helping children in Silent Hill, Wallace’s hometown, pay to go to school. Wallace said that high school aged children must pay $100 or more to go to school, which is prohibitive for the many poor families in that area of rural Jamaica. Younger children have public education, but they have to pay for lunch. Since plenty of families have trouble finding food just for supper, this is out of the question, Wallace said. Every student also has to wear a uniform.
“If you have the wrong socks on, you’ll get kicked out,” Wallace said. “And if a child is hungry, he can’t learn.”
The first year that Glory Outreach was in existence, they paid for 18 kids to go to school. The second year, they helped 50. Wallace said that this year, they are hoping to send 100 children. He also noted that the organization tries to feed 100 families every year for Christmas
Wallace has been an active part of Glory Outreach since its inception, and he has tried to help it along by giving presentations about its benefits while in the United States. Since his first trip here in April 2006, he has been here four times. He said he has spoken at almost every church in the area, and spoke several times one day at the high school during his last trip. While in the country, he traveled to Chicago, New Jersey, Florida and Philadelphia. Each time, he spoke somewhere about Glory Outreach.
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