|Trip to Tijuana|
On Saturday, October 23rd, five members of our church traveled to Tijuana for a tour of some locations in the Presbytery Border Ministry. Tricia, Rod, Donna, Liz and Bryana went for the day. The group was met by Rev. Bill Soldwish, Presbyterian Missionary, who led us on a personalized tour. They visited churches in several classes of neighborhoods, and in different stages of development. They were greeted warmly by local Pastors and associates. They also visited Casa de Esperaanza, an orphanage supported by the mission efforts. Visiting with the children was a highlight of the day.
|We saw a lot of evidence of God's love in action in the border ministry. There were many projects that had been completed by mission teams from the States, and we observed members of a congregation who come down once a month to interact with the children at the orphanage. We also saw a lot of opportunities to reach out across the border to the children, to the growing churches and to the projects of the missions. The sites and sounds at the orphanage moved us. Just being there raised our consciousness of all that needs to be done to aid the poor and abandoned children of our neighbors.|
|While it is sad to think of children in orphanages, there is much beautiful going on there that gives us--and them--hope for the future. We are truly grateful for the opportunity to make this trip; we will be talking to the Pastor, the Outreach committee and others in the church about the opportunities that could be opened up to our church by the Border Ministries.|
It is clear that Trish and Rod and looking in the kitchen wondering when they are going to eat. After all, they are Community members..
|Community in Kenya|
|In the summer of 2000, three members from Community joined a number of others and traveled to Kenya to work there in a mission. They found in the country to be one of enormous contrasts.
These two pictures show the two faces of Nairobi.
Pastor Sylvia Karcher, Helen Huntley, and Old-what's-his-name, Joe Karcher, worked on projects in the villages as well as immersing themselves in the culture, and learning about the mission effort in Africa. Sylvia is shown here helping to plant trees.
The children dressed up for their play, "The Beatitudes."
In preparation for the trip to Kenya, the mission group worked together to prepare for the experience. During that preparation, they created a banner expressing their commitment. It contained symbols meaningful to each of them and their footprints. It was hung at the mission in Kenya as the symbol of the bridge between home and Africa.
The Kenyans worked with the visitors on the tree planting project..
Pastor, Jan Opdyke
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