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Mission of Hope

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

By Bonnie Black

Mission 37 has begun!

This morning 26 volunteers headed out of Burlington and will arrive in Managua just around 8pm this evening Nica time (10pm your time). Six others have been on the ground in Chiquilistagua, Nicaragua, since Sunday evening preparing everything for the main group’s arrival tonight. The A team (advance team) is made up of Bonnie Black, Bill Calmbacher, Allen Pellerin, Connie Tyska, Betsy Sullivan and Sarah Scardillo.

Those arriving in Nicaragua tonight are: Brenda Flynn, Christopher Gephardt, Patricia Goulden, Christine Hammond, Adrianne Longino, Joan Riani, Dale Selkirk, Anne Selkirk, Dave Slater, Cathy Hill, Bill Murray, Liz Hill, Ali Pellerin, Demi Pellerin, Rinsha Ballani, Samantha Banker, Kyle Binion, Ross Barber, Colleen Hammond, Megan Richards, Israel Selkirk, John Selkirk, Mary Sullivan, Stephen Witkiewicz, Sr. Stephanie and Sister Debbie.

Beginning tomorrow morning, all 32 members will be working diligently on specific preparations of our new clinic site, transitioning from the current clinic and pharmacy at Nino Jesus de Praga, assisting a few facilities in repairs and construction so they may serve many of the poor, and building 8 home shelters, spending a half day on medical outreach for those who cannot physically make it to our clinic, tracking heights and weights on students at a school in Nejapa, and exploring new ways to serve the poor on coming trips. The large group will be leaving on the 12th with A team returning August 14th.

We have many states represented this time: New York; Washington, DC; New Jersey; and Massachusetts.
We have a few new high schools being represented including: Chateaugay Central, Lisbon Central and Mount St. Mary's (NJ). Other high schools with returning students include NAC, NCCS, Peru, Franklin Academy, and Ward Melville-all in New York.

College students participating in Mission 37 represent: Bentley, Clinton Community, Roger Williams, Plattsburgh State, Northeastern and Wheelock.

This past Friday, there was a wonderful article in the Press Republican about our Orphans’ Hope Project. Here is the link, in case you have not read it:

New Mission of Hope program helps orphans

It gives you a good sense of what is unfolding in El Crucero not only during this week, but for the future.
More tomorrow – hasta pronto!


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Good luck to all in Nicaragua. Work hard and have fun. Meet new amigos and amigas. Memories will last forever. God bless.

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