The WAVS School recently welcomed two special visitors: a mayor and a U.S. ambassador
 
2017 WAVS School Graduates

Visitor #1

Bob Whalen
Mayor of Clovis, California
 
One morning, about five days after he stepped foot in Africa for the first time in his life, Bob looked up while sipping his cup of Nescafé and said: "I was really hoping this would not end up being a life-changing trip."

He didn't say anything else, but the message was clear: It was.

Bob had not led a boring life. For the last 15 years, he has served on the Clovis City Council all while simultaneously pursuing a career prosecuting criminals for the Fresno County District Attorney's Office. But Guinea-Bissau was a new adventure.
 
2017 WAVS School Graduates
 
During his one-week trip, Bob preached at a local church, taught English at the WAVS School, spoke at the school's graduation ceremony, visited the acting mayor of the capital city, and even learned some of the local Creole language.
 

“Initially, what stood out to me is what the WAVS School is not doing," Bob said. "It is not teaching people to become dependent on a government or a charitable organization. The students learn a skill set which allows them to create value in their community. As the proverb goes, WAVS does not give the student a fish, but teaches them how to fish."

After returning from his trip, the WAVS Board of Directors named Bob its new board president.

“People often go into a missions trip thinking their own efforts will help others," Bob said. "That’s only partially true. When one sees the material poverty of people, created in the image of God, living a life filled with immeasurable joy, it impacts us who go in a meaningful way. I have been drawn into Africa and look forward to observing how God works in the souls of those who participate in His work there.”
 
Visitor #2

Tulinabo Mushingi

U.S. Ambassador to Senegal and Guinea-Bissau
 
Ambassador Mushingi was born in the Congo, but now represents the U.S. government in Senegal and Guinea-Bissau. He's usually based in Dakar, the capital of Senegal, but he recently made a short trip to Guinea-Bissau and took the time to visit the WAVS School during that trip.

During his visit, he met with the school's instructors, students and graduates. He spoke to a group of students about why it is important for them to lead the development of their own country -- and he encouraged them to continue to study hard at the WAVS School.
 
Ambassador Mushingi shares words of encouragement with WAVS School students.
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