La Sierra University to Honor Pioneer Education Missionaries To Mexico On Path of the Just

Paul and Lorna Allred, Patricia, Rosayle and Horace Kelly. The families will be honored on La Sierra's Path of the Just in October 2013

Two missionary/educator couples, Horace and Rosayle Kelly, and Paul and Lorna Allred, will be inducted into La Sierra University’s Path of the Just during special services scheduled for October 26. The Kellys and Allreds are being honored for their work to establish Universidad Linda Vista, an education institution in Chiapis, Mexico.

Sponsored by La Sierra University’s Stahl Center for World Service, the Path of the Just is a key feature of the campus’s central pedestrian mall. It honors individuals whose lives of service have fostered human rights and religious tolerance. Granite boulders placed on the Path identify individuals including South African cleric and change agent Desmond Tutu, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, India missionary Mother Theresa, author Pearl S. Buck, and Third Reich resister Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Boulders honoring the Kellys and Allreds will be unveiled at 11:45 am on the campus mall.

In December 1957, the pioneering educators worked together in southern Mexico, building the school’s classrooms and dormitories from trees and boulders (converted to cement) found on the property. That three-week project stretched into nine years of service developing the school facilities. Only after student needs were cared for did the two couples build homes for themselves. Today Universidad Linda Vista has an enrollment  of more than 400, and offers 18 undergraduate degrees and two graduate degrees in business, education, physics, math, chemistry, biology, nutrition, nursing, computer systems, theology and music

Path of the Just events will begin at 9:30 am in the La Sierra University church, with a worship service and liturgy that will focus on the importance of world service, and the diversity that defines the La Sierra University learning community. Charles Teel, Professor of Religion and Society, and Stahl Center director, will present the homily. The church is located at 4937 Sierra Vista Avenue, Riverside, across the street from the La Sierra campus.

For additional information on the Stahl Center event or the center’s Museum of Culture, contact cmteel@aol.com or 909-785-2041.

La Sierra University
Larry Becker
Executive Director, University Relations
lbecker@lasierra.edu

  • Last update on  October 24, 2013