Church member’s vote travels 8,370 miles
The Oklahoman features Brett Shreck, a missionary and member of the Quail Springs Church of Christ in Oklahoma City, who voted in today’s election from 8,370 miles away in the African nation of Rwanda.
The Oklahoman reports:
“Living in a country where the government is for the people and by the people, I think it is our duty to vote,” Shreck said. “If it was not for each individual vote there could be no collective voice.”
Shreck, his wife, and four children — two are sons the couple adopted in Rwanda in 2007 — have been in Rwanda since February. They plan to be there until 2013. The Shrecks and three other families serving in Rwanda attended Quail Springs Church of Christ in Oklahoma City.
Shreck is there with Rwanda Outreach and Community Partners, an Oklahoma faith-based nonprofit organization. He is working with a primary and secondary school he helped start in Rwanda and an urban African church. The organization also helps send top Rwandan students to the United States to get college educations.
“Our primary focus is sharing our faith in Christ while helping build a strong, educated and entrepreneurial middle class in Rwanda,” Shreck said.
Shreck received his ballot by e-mail and went to the only five-star hotel in Rwanda to fax it back to Oklahoma. It cost him $35.