Mission Team Home from the Dominican Republic

The fifteen members of the Dominican Republic mission team sponsored by Christ Church, Valdosta, returned safely to the United States on Saturday, June 14th. During the week they were at the Episcopal camp in the central highlands of the Dominican Republic, they finished about half of the construction of a concrete-block house for a village resident and also half of the construction of playground equipment for the Episcopal K-8 school on the grounds of the camp. A youth mission team from the Diocese of Nebraska will arrive on June 23rd to complete both the house and the playground projects. Both the Georgia and Nebraska teams have been planning these mutual projects since February 2014, and have raised funds to share the costs of both.

The Christ Church team also conducted five afternoons of knitting and crocheting classes for 25 women and teenagers of the village, continuing a project that has been going on annually since 2006. On the last afternoon they were at the camp, the team sponsored a “splash party” for around 200 village children, complete with wading pools, a slip-and-slide, and a hot dog & ice cream lunch.

One of the many highlights of the trip was the presentation of 30 scholarships for students in the Episcopal school for the next academic year. These scholarship funds had been donated both by team members and also by members of the “home teams” in the six Episcopal dioceses who had sponsored one or more of the “go team” members. For more information on the Diocese of Georgia’s mission trips to the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic, go here: http://gaepiscopal.org/?page_id=19

 

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