So I've agreed to write a blog, not positive what that is, but the Mission trip to Columbia is the topic. Most members of our group heard about my questioning why not just send the funds? What are the security misnomers,what projects are we facing, how do we accomplish this work without tools, how will a lasting relationship be so lasting, how will the language barrier effect our Mission?
The above questions have answers. The funding enabled twelve members of the Medford Grace Parish to travel and stay together, pray together and reflect daily together. It allowed our Parish to purchase appliances, construction materials,religious vestments and needed church related items for the Devine Savior Parish.
Security is a concern where ever you are, even little old Medford. We witnessed what measures are taken, for this long politically unbalanced culture, but experienced no situations that would suggest not returning.
The projects included installation of a washing machine space that included a complete structure to house the equipment, plumbing, electrical and paint. Plumbing upgrades for water purification, electrical upgrades in the lower Chapel, furniture painting, dog grooming, minor hand tool replacement, general cleaning and future contractor services.
Now onto the relationship issue. Let's begin with the members of Devine Savior.
Now onto the Mission team, 12 people that had minimal knowledge of one another have spent eight days expressing many feelings of what needed to be and was done, working, eating, praying and sharing together. Pretty amazing experience. The long term relationships have a good chance at surviving.
And finally the language barrier, Grace was extremely fortunate to have an unbelievable compliment of Spanish speaking team members (Molly, Elli, Emily, Eva, Steve, Kate, Katherine and Noah). But the charades made for fun on both sides.
Thank you for allowing this mission to happen, Maria performed a great deal of self sacrifice to make this happen, and if you have future plans on returning, please include me.