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February Letter from Pastor Polly
This summer, Ross and Haley Rogers are going to Haiti for a mission trip. The Session has approved giving $700 to each of them to cover flights and some of the other trip costs. On Sunday, February 5th, the money collected from the “Souper” Bowls lunch free-will offering will also go to help defray some of their costs. I have included the letter that they sent to the Session for you to read to learn more about this exciting opportunity that they have.
Grace & peace, Pastor Polly
Dear Session members,
First, Ross and I would like to thank you for your time. We are both very excited about the opportunity to work with children in Haiti this summer. We will be working with Maranatha Children’s Ministries, a non-denominational organization that puts on an English Camp in Haiti every summer. The camp is June 19th through August 4th but we will be there from July 8th through July 17th.
The English Camp is offered to children from the ages of 4 to 14 years of age. This is a six-week program, Mon-day through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with the same children during the six-week duration. Children will attend Bible, English, Science, Physical Education, and craft classes throughout the week. Each day the children are pro-vided two meals, which includes breakfast and lunch as well as clean drinking water. The camp is staffed by Haitian nationals (translators, preschool teachers, cooks, etc.…) and volunteers from the United States and Canada. As volun-teers, Ross and I will help assist full time camp staff with teaching classes, escorting students to their classes, preparing meals, meal cleanup, assembling student backpacks and hygiene kits, and more. Each child who completes the six-week program of English Camp receives a Bible, a t-shirt, a backpack filled with school supplies, and a hygiene kit.
We are very excited about the opportunity to do mission work outside of our country, especially in Haiti. My college friend, Katie Boyle, recruited us. She actually recruited 6 of us to go. One of the things that excites Ross and I is the opportunity to take the dresses and shorts made right here in our church along with us. With six of us going we think we can each take quite a few with us.
I met Katie at NCTA at Curtis and we became good friends. I have also met her parents. Her mom is a dentist and her dad is an ER doctor. Katie and her family spend at least two months of every summer in Haiti working. Her parents work with other doctors and Katie and her siblings volunteer at English camp. They are a pretty amazing fami-ly. Two of Katie’s brothers were adopted from a Haitian orphanage. She has tried to prepare us for the poverty but she says you really need to experience it for yourself. I think this is going to be an eye-opening experience for both of us!
We would be extremely grateful for any help you can give us. Below is a list of expenses. We have already pur-chased our plane tickets and travel insurance.
Plane tickets-$660.00 each (Flight was more due to required Trip Insurance)
Vaccinations-? (not sure on this yet)
Passport- $150 each
Meals - $20 per day each
We would also graciously accept any donations to pack in checked bags to take with us. One of the things we talked about was making the LOGOS kids part of it. We could talk with them via Skype some night about what we are doing. Then maybe they could help by asking for donations of school and hygiene supplies to take along. Some of the sundresses we plan to take, I, Haley, made for a 4-H project. When we return we could show our photos and give a presentation to the church about our mission trip.
Thank you, again, for your time.
Haley and Ross Rogers