Featured Trips
Macieo 2017

Trip Overview

On October 20th 7 individuals, Rosalie Brakke, Erin DeGraaf, Lydia Schulenberg, Elaine Jager, Simon Hordyk, Edwin Kok, and Bruce Hoeksema went to Macieo, Brazil. The team arrived late on a Friday evening and used the weekend to get settled in and acclimated to their new temporary home.  The Sunday worship services were once again a highlight of the trip.  Even though there is a language barrier for chatting and discussions the singing of praises to our shared Lord is easily understood in both languages. 

The Escola Cristá João Calvino had requested the team to assemble a playground for the school as the previous playground had been removed for the construction project behind the church.  Also the old playground was very rotten and not safe anymore.  When the team arrived we encountered one hiccup in the sense that the playground company would not warranty the work done by anyone other than their construction companies.  So the school proposed another project for the team we were to demolish an old dog house on the property, ...

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Pan de Vida - 2017

Below is a summary of the trip written by one of the team members.

While the time spent in Pan De Vida was certainly the highlight of our experience, the majority of our group was also blessed with the opportunity to meet several times before we left.  This time was spent studying, praying, and dividing many donations among ourselves to fit into suitcases.  These discussions not only prepared us for the trip, but also paved the way for some deeper reflection while in Mexico.

We left from Toronto airport bright and early on January 19, and after a short fight over to Houston, were able to meet the two team members who joined us from Smithers, BC.  From there we boarded another flight, and landed in Queretaro by mid-afternoon. At the airport we met Jeremy Van Beelen, the director of Pan de Vida, who took us back to the orphanage and got us all settled in.  We were then given a tour of the grounds, including the dorms, play area, and orchard.  Pan de Vida is always working towards the ability to be self-sustaining, and thus also sports a small farm, complete...

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