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"We are a piece of Babson that does what a business school focused on entrepreneurship does," says Thomas. "Global leaders add social and economic value everywhere, and that is difficult unless you under- stand and embrace cultural differences." Thomas lives in Wayland with her husband, Tim, their 12-year-old daughter and two sons in college. She's proud to say that when she launched the volunteer program, it was at the forefront and still is. Babson students completed more than 31,500 hours of community service in 2014-2015, from working with social service agencies, to vol- unteer opportunities abroad, to teaching entrepreneurship to Wellesley middle school students. The Reverend Dr. Stephen Melius Weston United Methodist Church Look for the Rev. Dr. Stephen Melius selling pumpkins in October on the front lawn of Weston United Methodist Church (UMC). "Every year, 1,000 pumpkins grown on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico are delivered to us at no charge, something they do nationwide," says Weston UMC's pastor. Two-thirds of the money raised is sent back to the Navajos and one-third goes to two charities in Waltham. "The United Methodist Church now expects ministers to literally be outside the building to meet people we wouldn't otherwise meet," says Rev. Melius. "The pumpkin sale is a good opportunity for people to see the mission work we do." When drivers on Route 117 stop to shop, the pastor can casually mention weekly study groups and service programs, here and abroad, introduced to the 117-member congrega- tion since his ministry at Weston UMC began 19 years ago. "My wife, Sandy, and I feel it is part of our ministry to help people in need, in keeping with Jesus' parables." When we spoke, a family from Uganda was living with them in the parsonage, as others have done throughout their marriage and while they raised six children. For 15 years, Sandy Melius chaired the UMC New England Conference Nicaragua Convention Committee, which sponsors proj- ects to help communities in the Central American nation struggling with poverty and a lengthy, severe drought. Currently she chairs Weston UMC's mission committee. Both husband and wife travel 88 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 6 "My wife, Sandy, and I feel it is part of our ministry to help people in need, in keeping with Jesus' parables." – T h e R e v e r e n d D r. S t e p h e n M e l i u s Our Religous Leaders

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