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EXPOsed…To Different Cultures

By Dana Freker Doody

Director of Corporate Communications

Two their

of our employees this

hard-earned

vacation

year spent

time

on

give of yourself for the sake of another, you prepare yourself to be blessed.”

welcome could not eclipse the evidence

of

a

people

devastated

by

drought,

Christian mission trips home. Both returned experiences.

miles away from awed by their

In the summer, Lorrie Penton, Exhibit Account Services Administrator, traveled with a group from her church to Brazil. Lorrie stepped out

This month, Melissa Sherrill, Supervisor of Account Services for the Exhibits Department, also stepped out of her comfort zone, halfway around the globe in Africa. “We traveled to a small village in Southern Sudan, and as our tiny plane bounced along the dirt air-

flooding, disease and over 20 years of civil war – the longest in African history.”

This was Melissa’s second stop on a Christian Mission Aid trip traveling to support local African churches as they struggle to address poverty and the needs of children; to aid

of her comfort zone and into beautiful Curitiba, Brazil, where she shared performed concerts with her choir and shared a message of God’s love.

“After each concert, we were treated like celebrities,” Lorrie says. “We each had bookmarks with our

survivors of disease, disasters and war; and to promote communities.

“The issues and needs of the African people are great, but so is their resolve to overcome,” Melissa says. “I am thankful for the opportunity to encourage them with

picture, missionary testimony and God’s

Lorrie Penton, standing front left near lectern, shares her message in Brazil.

Melissa Sherrill readies her backpack for a mission trip to Africa.

the message that they are not alone.

plan of salvation on them. These quickly disappeared from our hands as if they were trading cards. The people we went to encourage instead encouraged us with their acts of gratitude, hugs and smiles.”

strip, I thought we had landed in an issue of National Geographic,” she says. “The village greeted us with singing, dancing and drums, but it seemed as though I was meeting a ghost of a people. The joyous

“Although I only spent two weeks in Africa, I was blessed to see how a little effort and a lot of prayer can make a huge difference for one child, one family, one village, and hopefully someday a nation.”

Lorrie says she adjusted quickly to those quirky little things reminding her she was not in America, and was glad to return to Dr. Pepper. But she also was glad for the experience out of her comfort zone.

Like Fathe , Like Son

“The next time opportunity knocks outside of your comfort zone, dare to take that first step out,” she says. “It might not be a mission trip to a foreign country – maybe it’s a different way to do your job, or another position in the company.

“Perhaps it’s an encouraging word or a compliment for a co-worker, or going the extra mile for an exhibitor. Maybe it’s volunteering in the community. Whatever it is, when you

Ian and Robert Richardson

Robert Richardson, Assistant Manager of Customer Account Management, is certainly proud of his son, Ian, who was sworn into the Air Force ROTC at a recent award ceremony.

Robert is retired from the U.S. Air Force, and Ian is now on Inactive Reserve status while he completes his degree in International Studies. Ian received a full scholarship to the University of North Texas. Upon graduation, he will be commissioned a Second Lieutenant.

Bundles of Joy

Joy Ruddle in our Exhibits Department recently became a great-grandmother. Colin Riley was born Aug. 22 to Joy’s granddaughter Ashley Rumnock. Colin, Ashley and Rick Rumnock live in Florida.

Beth Conn, Customer Account Manager, became a grandmother this fall. Connor Skye Benjamin Gunter was born to daughter Liz and her husband, Jorden, on Oct. 9.

Customer Account Manager Tom Long also became a new grandparent. His grandson, Dawson Christopher Long, was born on Oct. 27 to proud parents Kelley and Chris.

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