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A new Mission Team at St. Peter's

Image Wednesday, Sep 23, 2015
Author: Pastor Andreas Wagner

"Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have."  (Margaret Mead)

Over the last couple of months this new group has met several times to discuss how we can be ambassadors for some of the world's poorest people. St. Peter's has always had a strong sense of mission for local charities and ministries and continues to support them through our wonderful Thrift Store.  But some of the world's truly materially poor are living just south of our borders in Central America. Their housing consists of make-shift shacks constructed from pieces of garbage. Their meals are some days non-existent. In many cases they lack both drinkable water and a decent opportunity to grow food or earn money. It can be tempting to just do nothing considering the sheer scale of the need.

"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.'"  (Jesus in Matthew 9: 36-38)

After my trip with Food For the Poor to Haiti in February of this year I felt a sense of calling: to encourage more generosity and material help for impoverished people in some of the forgotten corners of the world. And so it began. Our mission team consists currently of seven members, including myself. In May of this year we led a major care package drive that brought eleven care packages with clothing, hygienic products, school supplies, etc. to three locations in Haiti. Toward the end of this year we would like to sponsor a drive for fruit trees in Haiti. A fruit tree can be purchased for just $ 10, and it is a simple, affordable and good way to contribute to a better food supply in that country. Our big dream though is to sponsor the creation of a new farm in Haiti, possibly with the help and collaboration of one or two other churches. It will cost about $ 18,000 and is a little bit more ambitious, but hey, it can be done and it will make a real difference, believe me. Cydney Hartner from Food for the Poor wrote this:

"Agricultural projects have been successful in Haiti thus far. The Victory Garden project in La Rochiquite, Hinche, Haiti has been a good example. Before we came to La Rochiquite, most of the residents were already farmers, but lived on an average income of $1 per day. Because the success of their farming relied so heavily on the perfect amount of rainfall (as they had no irrigation system to help combat the dry seasons), their harvests were often unfruitful. With the help of generous donors, Food for the Poor was able to assist!"

Our team, which has not chosen an official name yet, has decided that we want to focus our aid efforts on education and agriculture. Here are our group members and their responsibilities:

Patricia Pardosky: Chairperson

Jean Prindle: Educational Liaison

George Wunder and Martha Pope: Agricultural Liaison

Jeremy and Stephanie Heilman: Logistics and Research

In true St. Peter's fashion, most of the people serving on this team are new church members. If you are interested in becoming part of the team, please contact Patricia at  ppardosky@live.com. I hope that we can introduce and bless our new mission team in one of our worship services this fall. This is a great group of people.  Please pray for them and the people they are trying to reach. In addition to the efforts described above we hope to sponsor an international mission trip in 2017.

Hope reigns!

Pastor Andreas Wagner


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