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Report on Mission Trips from Central Pentecostal Church

Mission trips - Over the past couple months the Central Pentecostal Church in Elora has had mission teams venture to both Sandy Lake First Nation in northern Ontario, and Port–au–Prince in Haiti, spurring change in both the places and the people they visit as well as the mission work they support in both of these locations. On Feb. 18, a small team made the trek to Sandy Lake.  submitted photo

Report on Mission Trips from Central Pentecostal Church

by Richard Keast

ELORA

Over the past couple months the Central Pentecostal Church in Elora has had mission teams venture to both Sandy Lake First Nation in northern Ontario, and Port–au–Prince in Haiti, spurring change in both the places and the people they visit as well as the mission work they support in both of these locations.

On Feb. 18, a small team made the trek to Sandy Lake. The church does what they can to respond to the needs of aboriginal communities when the opportunity presents itself and they offer as much support as they can.

Ida Anishinabie from Child and Family Services in Sandy Lake contacted Pastor John Edwards voicing a need for clothing and other supplies. A great deal of clothing, shoes, coats and other supplies were donated over several months by some local stores and businesses, churches, and individuals.

Sixty Queen mattresses and foundation sets were donated by Simmons Canada as well. Also 650 backpacks filled with school supplies, hats and mitts were donated by Sew On Fire Ministries in Burlington.

Vandermarel trucking provided the truck and driver (Andy and Mary Vandermarel themselves) leaving on Feb. 17. The rest of the team flew to Thunder Bay and met up with the truck in Dryden.

They travelled on the winter road from Red Lake and due to some unforeseen complications the truck became stuck and added some extra length to the drive.

However, once the team did arrive at their destination they felt honoured and blessed to be a part of the mission. In a report given to the church upon the team’s return they expressed how great it was to get to know the people in Sandy Lake. The team expressed that the people were friendly and grateful and, in particular, that Chief Bart Meekis and the Band Council  were very welcoming including the team in a town council meeting.

The team was also fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to give out the backpacks and school supplies to the children in Sandy Lake. The team describes the kids as being reserved at first but opening up and being very excited and grateful for the donations. The team is very thankful for the welcoming attitude they received in Sandy Lake and the team feels it was a real learning experience and they were all happy to have been a part of the mission.

Since returning, the church has received word that all of the beds and most of the clothing has been distributed to many needy families in the community.

Another mission team from the church was sent out to Haiti to continue the years of ongoing work they have been doing there. The team flew out Monday March 10 from Toronto to New York and then transferred flights to Port-au-Prince in Haiti. They returned March 18.

The team was led by Pastor John Edwards, and brought 26 pieces of luggage with them, that were filled with medical supplies, clothing, shoes, school supplies, hygiene supplies, toys, and tools for the people in Haiti. The church sends a mission team every two years and is a part of ongoing work helping to build a school and church in Haiti.

The mission team completed construction of a circular staircase in the school and church that they have been working on over the course of several years and trips.

The task was complex,  presented a few challenges, and required a great deal of effort and dedication from both the team and the Haitian workers. They did manage to complete the third level of the staircase during this trip allowing easy access to the third floor.

The team also did several painting jobs, electrical repairs, and other repair jobs that were needed. They worked with the children’s ministry, youth programs, assisted with the feeding program, and met with children they sponsor and their families.

The mission team consisted of 14 including one member who joined them from Quebec. The team gave a report to the Church congregation detailing their experience and the consensus was that the trip was a life changing experience for many that they were thrilled to be a part of, and they encourage others to take a missions trip if the opportunity arises.

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