Saturday, February 4 through Sunday, February 12, 2017
Our Mission trip to the small Caribbean island of Grenada is now set for February 4-12, 2017. Presbyterians first built a church in Grenada in the early 1800s. The Samaritan Presbyterian School, where we will be working, is situated in an area of significant poverty, especially for children and young adults. Currently, the school has around 310 students. According to a UNICEF report, child poverty in Grenada is high: “Two-thirds of Grenada’s poor are children and young people. 20,000 children live below the poverty line and 1 in 2 children in Grenada is poor.”
We will be tiling certain areas of the preschool and helping with other needed jobs around the building. If some of our volunteers feel strong enough to help with the building of a retaining wall (to prevent flooding from the many tropical storms), that is also a possibility. However, if the group that ends up going feels uncomfortable with having to lift 8 inch cinder blocks, we can focus on other projects. There are enough needs that the pastor, Rev. Dr. Osbert James, seems willing to adapt the work project according to the abilities of our group.
GETTING TO KNOW THE PEOPLE
In Rev. James’ last email to me, after mentioning possible projects, he wrote: “Having you here is equally important. Your interactions with the teachers, parents and children at both our schools will be enriching for us both.” Relationships are the most important part of a mission partnership, and your Mission Commission hopes you will be a part of this opportunity to get to know the people of Grenada.
SOME LINKS: Here are some links to help you learn more about where we will be engaged in mission:
Contact Nancy Birdsong if you are interested in this trip.