Past Trip Reviews \ OG Mission Trip 2011

OG Mission Trip to Puerto Rico

March 12 – 19, 2011

Building on a long-standing relationship with Iglesia La Senda Antigua in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, and the Bethesda Christian Center in Chicago, an adult mission team organized by The Congregational Church of New Canaan traveled to Puerto Rico to construct hurricane-resistant homes.

The group consisted of 26 participants from New Canaan and Chicago, and was led by the Reverend Harold E. “Skip” Masback and Elizabeth Smith, Director of Service Ministries, as well as contractors Jim Chevalier, John Egan, Bob Giorgi, and Lou Rondinello. Using plans designed by architecture and engineering students from Caribbean University in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, the team completed construction on the exteriors of two homes and framed the interior walls. Volunteers from La Senda and the Las Acerolas community of Toa Alta, where the homes are located, are completing construction on the two homes. A community-wide celebration concluded the work project.

“We are continually blessed by our partnership with Bethesda, La Senda, and the people of Las Acerolas,” said Elizabeth Smith, Director of Service Ministries at The Congregational Church. “Members of our high school youth group have worked in Puerto Rico before, and so we were eager to have a group of adults—many of them parents of the high school students—do a project with our partners there as well. Many new relationships were formed over the course of our week there, and we came away with a deeper sense of what Christian love looks like in action.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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