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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.
We arrived in Guatemala without a glitch and to Fundaniños with a belly full of tacos and many “new friends” ready to play soccer and 4-squares. Once settled, Denny and Barb, co-directors of Fundaniños, gave us an orientation to how we can best serve these children – many of whom have sad and heartbreaking stories , but seek out opportunities and work hard to achieve goals. Denny asked us to reflect upon the statement; “God, what are you doing IN my heart while I’m here?” We’ll use this question as a touchstone throughout the week.
Tomorrow morning we’ll find out about our work projects, we’ll go shopping for rice, sugar, and beans for our outreach activity of visiting neighbors in need, and the youth will plan the meal they are making for the children - How does chicken and waffles sound?!
Our “Bummers and Blessings” discussion included astute observations and insightful questions. The five youth here are not only working well together, but also practicing their Spanish and putting the needs/interests of the children before their own. They are certainly carrying your prayers through their actions.
Submitted by Cristina Dolcino, 8-6-17