All young people are invited to the Children’s Chapel on Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. to hear two people from St. John’s who will talk about their recent mission trips.
Maryanne McNeish spent ten days in New Orleans, where she spent days helping to repair and clean up homes and a church that still have damage from Hurricane Katrina almost ten years after the storm, and she spent evenings doing street ministry teamed with adult missionaries. Maryanne also learned a lot – from worshiping in churches that are very different from St. John’s, and from seeing both the bright and the dark sides of life in New Orleans.
Ted Williams spent several weeks in Tanzania. Some of his time there was taken with pastoral visits (that is, visiting people in their homes) led by a local pastor. There was a lot of walking because the area is largely rural, but the farms are small and neighbours live reasonably close to each other. Later in the trip, he learned brick-laying when he joined another team from Canada who were building a church. The trip immersed Ted in a culture quite different from ours – including the frank talk of the pastor, and the warm hospitality of a host family.
Maryanne and Ted have also written about their trips; you can find their stories on page 9 of the current issue of the Link newsletter.