GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) For more than 30 years, Zeeland-born Kurt VerBeek has been working in the Central American country of Honduras to promote justice and stand up for the of violence, land rights abuse, and government corruption. Now he’s back in West Michigan to share about his journey during the January Series at Calvin College.
VerBeek is a graduate of and professor at Calvin College. He says starting in high school, he felt compelled to help people living in poverty. He moved to Honduras in the 1980s to help find a solution to the violence, poverty, and corruption there.
Along with his wife and Honduran friends, VerBeek founded the Association for a More Just Society. It focuses on trying to get government systems in Honduras to work. They have been working with public schools and public hospitals to help them work effectively to help the most people. They have already seen significant improvement in school attendance, teacher attendance, and drug-related homicides.
VerBeek will speak about the Association for a More Just Society at the Covenant Fine Arts Center at Calvin College on Friday, January 22, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
The January Series runs between January 6 and 26. Each session is from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Covenant Fine Arts Center at Calvin College in Grand Rapids.
If you can’t make it in person, lectures will be broadcast on large screens at more than 45 remote locations in Michigan, throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. They are also streamed live every day with online audio.