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In August 2017, several members of Holy Trinity went on missionary trips to Tanzania & Guatemala. In Tanzania, we support a local parish in Isimani and we are setting up their very first library for their school. Meanwhile, in Guatemala City, we will be visiting Fundaniños Orphanage to serve the the children who grow, attend school, and play at their home church Casa de Libertad. We’ll be purchasing school materials with your generous donations, leading games/crafts, making a special meal, offering food staples to neighbors as an outreach project, and reinforcing “living” Jesus principles while playing or solving little conflicts between children!
Please enjoy the daily updates from these mission trips. Pastor George Koch, our sitting interim Pastor, will be writing updates on the Tanzania trip. Cristina Dolcino, an International Social Ministry leader, will send updates that have been written by the youth and adults while in Guatemala.
Hello, this is Daniel Levin. I am 15 years old and attend Portsmouth High School. I went to Fundaniños children’s home in Guatemala from Sunday, August 6 through Sunday, August 13. I visited along with six others including four other teenagers and two chaperones. The purpose of our trip was to get to know the kids, spend time with them, play with them, learn about Guatemala and do some work in Fundaniños and in the surrounding communities. The seven of us will be giving a talk to the church about our trip, and will show some of the photos we took.
One moment that struck me was when my brother and I, along with some of the kids from Fundaniños, were sitting on a big wooden swing in a gazebo. The gazebo was on the Fundaniños property, overlooking a soccer field also on the property. It was a sunny day, not too hot and not too humid. The kids did not have school so we spent most of the day playing. Some of the kids had been asking me to play music, certain songs which were popular there at the time. When I was sitting at the gazebo, one of the kids asked me to play music so I agreed. Pretty soon, some other kids who had been playing nearby heard the music and came around, dancing. Before I knew it, there were five other people on the swing, and fifteen total kids singing and dancing. This moment was a very big eye opener to me because before, some of the kids had kept to themselves (which would be understandable because of the rough backgrounds they had, which would make it hard to trust people). But in this moment, they heard the music and were happy and truly danced like nobody was watching. This moment was very real and pure and uplifting. It was very good to see all of the kids being so easygoing and happy.
When I returned to the U.S., I was reminded of how good we have it here, including little things like hot water, washing machines, and accessible hospitals and doctors. But the biggest change I noticed was the difference in security. In Guatemala, I saw barbed wire fences everywhere and security guards with guns even around McDonald’s. I realize how fortunate we are in the U.S. to have trust in our neighbors.