Mission Trip to St. Thomas
Date(s) - 01/16/2018 - 01/23/2018
Our Presbytery is sponsoring a Mission Trip to St. Thomas to help those affected by the hurricanes this fall. There is some flexibility in the arrival date, but we have lodging reservations at the St. Thomas Reformed Church from Jan. 16-23. Supplies and equipment are onsite. We will be doing manual labor, mostly mucking out, etc. The total expected cost per person, including air, meals, local transportation in St. Thomas, donation for supplies, etc. to be in the $1,000-1,200 range.
More details to follow, but we do need to get those who are seriously interested to commit quickly. Space is limited! Please contact Mike Rountree at email@example.com for information or if you would like to go!
Here’s a note and photos from Helen Hoens who is helping to plan this trip, and who had an unexpected opportunity to visit the church in St. Thomas we will be working with.
When two powerful hurricanes in rapid succession devastated the US and the Caribbean, four Presbyterian pastors got to work, recruiting a team of parishioners representing four congregations in two separate Presbyteries, and tasking them with crafting a response to the unprecedented disaster. That small steering committee created a website and reached out to contacts across the affected areas, eventually settling on the St Thomas Reformed Church, located in the US Virgin Islands, as its first mission partner.
In a turn of events that can only be attributed to the hand of God, one of the steering committee members learned that a cruise ship on which she and her family would be traveling for the Christmas holidays had scrambled its itinerary in search of open harbors, rearranging it so that it would be calling at St Thomas on a Sunday in late December. That left just enough time for her to collect a duffel bag full of much needed supplies that are nearly impossible to find on the island, haul it onto the ship, and with the assistance of her husband and their adult autistic son, deliver it to the Church, and join with the grateful congregation for worship.