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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.
Although Iringa only lies 312 miles from Dar es Salaam, it took eight hours of driving to get there. And that on a major highway! Why?
First, while the major highways are paved to our standards, they are only two lanes wide after you get out the city. Second, they are the major route for commerce as railroads and airports are few and far between. Third, it is literally uphill all the way as Iringa (the largest city in the area ) and Isimani ( our sister parish) lie 4,800 feet above sea level. Finally, whenever you hit a town, you hit a speed bump . Thus an eight hour trip.
This is a short blog but more will come later. We are back on the bus after a good night's rest.
Pastor George Koch