Inspiring Leaders Luncheon - Ruth Olsson

February 28, 2017

"Tell me your story," said Ruth Olsson. She was speaking at Kuyper College's at the second Inspiring Leaders Luncheon of the semester, held in the West Dining roon.

Olsson, a former strategic partnership consultant at Bethany Christian Services, has worked extensively with the HIV community in Grand Rapids at Red Project, an organization that distributes clean needles and supplies to help deal with unsafe sexual practices and drug overdose. 

Her methodology for reaching this downtrodden community is not judgement or harshness, but relationship. She believes that Christians should focus on loving the downtrodden instead of focusing on being right and condemning immoral behavior.

Olsson also spoke about her recent climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro as part of the "Climb for Peace" movement. The climb raised awareness and funding for violence against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The climb wasn't easy for Olsson, who said, "I think I would rather be in labor." Nevertheless, she pointed out that by going through the slight hardship of the climb she was supporting those who had gone through far worse.

Olsson studied at Fuller Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, and is a founding member of Mars Hill Bible Church.