The Radiance Foundation Returns to its Roots at Messiah College

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Ryan and Bethany Bomberger, both graduates of Messiah College, were recently awarded the 2012 Christian Stewardship Alumni Award from the top-rated college. Ryan, a native of Lancaster County, PA, will be returning to his alma mater to address the issue of abortion in the context of “Social Justice”. The unique multimedia presentation, entitled “The Social Injustice of Abortion” takes an unconventional approach to the human rights issue, combining the deeply personal with the alarming evidential. “The Social Injustice of Abortion” provides a deep and substantive look at the abortion issue with many surprises. The audience will see how this human rights issue, as the graphics of the event suggest, inextricably tied to other crucial issues of justice.

Various resources from The Radiance Foundation’s awareness campaign will be made available.

Ryan’s sense of true justice stems from being adopted into a multi-racial family of 15, where 10 of the children were adopted as newborns or from the foster care system. Adopted and loved, Ryan flourished in emotionally, academically, creatively and spiritually. He witnessed, throughout his life, the servant leadership of his parents who regularly engaged their community with compassionate (mostly anonymous) assistance to those in need. So, surrounded by faith-driven examples, Ryan’s passion for the broken began at a young age.

As co-founder of The Radiance Foundation, a life-affirming educational non-profit that he began with his wife, Bethany, he loves challenging the status quo by illuminating the truth.

The original media created for each of The Radiance Foundation’s events always receive high praise. More importantly, the creative approach has helped to reshape people’s hearts and minds on a variety of issues.

The Radiance Foundation is honored to be able to address Messiah students in this event (approved as an alternate chapel) and the general public who is welcome to join in the conversation. They are grateful to the Messiah College Right to Life Club (MCRTLC) for the invitation to explore this civil rights issue and provide a forum where questions can be asked in a great learning environment. The Q&A portion will be moderated by Professor James LaGrand.

Life-affirming organizations, who daily address this justice issue, will be on-hand to provide information about their work and how students can move from awareness to action.

Joseph O’Donnell, an officer of MCRTLC, is available for any students who may have questions about the event. He can be reached at [email protected].

The Radiance Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Feedback or questions? Call 1-877-517-4463 or contact online here.


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  • Jeanette Dickson

    Hi- I live in Edinboro, PA, which is in the northwest corner of our state, 15 miles south of Lake Erie. I saw Ryan speak at the March for life this year, and since then I’ve been following the Radiance Foundation online, as well as I’m so very disturbed about the disregard for the value of human life across the board right now, and the messages you share have really struck a chord with me. I’m 34 years old, a mother of five, a full-time post-baccalaureate student at Edinboro University, as well as the leader of the family-based religious education program at our church, and what I see where we live is almost a lack of consideration of abortion as a topic to be discussed, considered, or questioned. I have wanted to have a program about the seriousness of this for a year now, but only since January did I myself realize how bad things really are, particularly in the African-American community. A lot of people are wondering why I even care, since they don’t think it affects me personally, but I counter with the fact that we are all God’s children, and part of one greater humanity, and what we are allowing to happen to the least of us, we also are allowing to happen to God. We may live in a seemingly white bread community, but we only live 15 miles from the 3rd largest city in PA, one that currently has a 25% poverty rate, a large black population, and an abortion clinic that opened less than ten years ago. We also live in a somewhat diverse college town, and I believe very much that there are a number of people who would be very interested in, and desperately need to hear your message. I am wondering if you are planning on videotaping this presentation or any part of it. I would love to try and host a speaker up here, although I’m not sure how to go about it. It would have to be a collaborative effort among universities, or colleges and churches, or??? Anyway, if you have any thoughts or ideas let me know, and in the meantime, don’t ever give up. You are doing God’s work! Thank you.

  • Kathy O'Donnell

    Jeanette, I hope Ryan can come to your area. I was at his presentation last night and it was fabulous. He presents a lot of eye-opening information.

    Meanwhile, I urge you to get involved (or start) with 40 Days for Life in your city.

    Get a copy of the book “40 Days for Life: Discover What God Has Done…Imagine What He Can Do”- you can get it from Amazon. Reading the stories of babies saved will encourage you to get involved and see what God will do in your community. Maybe you can pray that abortion business OUT of BUSINESS!

    I am the campaign coordinator for 40 Days for Life in the Harrisburg area. If I can help you in any way, give me a call @ 717-448-6347

    God bless you for your desire to help “the least of these”.

    Kathy O’Donnell

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