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Alumna, leader in world missions organization, challenges students to get involved

August 27, 2012 : By Bethany Pico/Liberty University News Service

Alumna Noel Brewer Yeatts, vice president of World Help, speaks at the Aug. 27 Convocation.

Liberty University alumna and vice president of World Help, Noel Brewer Yeatts ('93), challenged students in Monday’s Convocation to “be outraged, loud, and bold,” and to transform lives around the world for Christ.

“There is something exceptional about Liberty students. We don’t just come here to earn a degree. We come here to use our degree and our education to make a difference in the world,” Yeatts said.

World Help, a faith-based humanitarian organization, has been serving the spiritual and physical needs of the impoverished around the world for more than 20 years. Yeatts serves alongside her father, Vernon Brewer, Liberty’s first graduate and president of World Help. Liberty has partnered with World Help since its founding.

Yeatts’ passion for the Gospel by means of humanitarian aid has fueled her role as vice president.

“I believe that God in all of His mystery has chosen to use us to meet the needs of the world,” she said. “That’s His plan, He doesn’t have another one. Even though I don’t always understand it, I do believe it.”

As a Liberty student in the early 1990s, Yeatts traveled on several Light Ministries short-term mission trips around the world. She shared with students a “defining moment” when she and her team in Brazil were able to get a young Brazilian boy, Nildo, off the streets and provide a home and shelter for him.

While there were several children on the streets during that visit, Yeatts said that instead of getting overwhelmed with the needs of every child and feeling helpless, she gave hope to “one little boy” God put in her path.

"The greatest injustice of all is hopelessness," Yeatts said. "I can’t think of any better way for us to respond to needs of the world than to dedicate our lives to restoring hope, one day and one person at a time. Live your life fully awake."

Changing the world one life at a time is the message Yeatts shares in her new book “Awake” which was released in June.

Junior Amber Timmerman said Yeatts’s message hit close to home as Timmerman’s family supports and runs an orphanage in Ethiopia.

“Yeatts spoke boldly and clearly for the causes of the least of these,” Timmerman said. “There couldn’t have been a better speaker for motivating Liberty students to act for the orphans and widows of the world. I loved her message and heart for missions.”

Yeatts encouraged Liberty students to continue their involvement in worldwide missions, which has included partnering with World Help to build a school in Rwanda through the “Restore Rwanda” campaign.

“Let God break your heart and when He does let Him use you to change the world, ” Yeatts said.

She invited students to attend the Light Ministries meeting Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. at Thomas Road Baptist Church for more information on missions. Students are also encouraged to visit Yeatts' website for more information about getting involved.