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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.
Hey from Guatemala! This is Juanita, coming from the Fundaniños orphanage! We started off our day by going to the comedor (dining room) for breakfast where we feasted on some pretty delicious donuts from the supermarket. After breakfast, the kids got ready for school and separated ways at 7:30 and our group went off to finish some service projects around the property such as painting trim on the houses, mowing the lawn, and cutting down brush growing over the fence. After that, we took a small break to wash up and get ready for the first lunch with the younger group of kids. During lunch, although it is slightly more difficult for those who don’t speak as fluently and don’t understand their slang, the kids are very nice and happy about teaching a couple of their words here and there.
We finished the day playing four square, dabbling in a small soccer game, and playing on the playground. My favorite part is seeing not only myself, but seeing the rest of the people in my group connect with these kids and be so much more happy in a way that I don’t think you would be able to understand without undergoing a trip like this. So glad to be experiencing something so different from what I’m used to. See you all in a couple days!