A church group plans to share its experience from a mission trip to Africa.
Members from First Presbyterian Church, 300 Market St., recently went to Tanzania, Africa. The trip lasted from Sept. 27 to Oct. 9.
Kay Dolan, mission committee co-chairperson, said workers had the opportunity to work on the new Majengo Foundation work site. They're building the first housing unit for the foundation's orphanage.
Presbyterian Church mission group pose for a picture during a trip to Majengo Foundation in Tanzania. Left to right are, front row, Kay Dolan and Alexa Eggleston; second row, Vickie Eggleston, Ann Ferguson, Tracey Kranak and Elisa Franklin; and third row, Paul Cree, Howard Ferguson and Jim Eggleston.
Paul Cree, Alexa Eggleston, Jim Eggleston, Vickie Eggleston, Elisa Franklin, Ann Ferguson, Howard Ferguson and Tracey Kranak attended along with Dolan from the church. Joining them were three Majengo members: Jamie Bees, Larry Bees and Matt Brewster.
Four of the missionaries were teachers. They had the opportunity to teach at the Majengo preschool, Dolan said, as well as at the foundation's Mama Anna School of English.
"When you go on a trip like this, you think you're doing so much for other people," Dolan said. "But you get the feeling your work has done so much more for yourself on a personal level and spiritual level."
Brewster had come to the church as a mission speaker. As a result, Dolan said, members saw it as an opportunity to do mission work internationally.
Other trips have taken church members to Lithuania where they worked at a Christian college alongside two missionaries there: Eric and Becky Hinderliter. Also, Dolan said, they twice went to Mexico to work at a church where they helped with an addition to a school.
In the United States, Dolan said they have done trips for Hurricane Katrina relief in Mississippi and another hurricane relief trip to Immokalee, Fla. By working with a Rebuilding Together team in Minot, N.Y., they also helped install a handicap ramp and put siding on the second story of a house.
At Camp Livingstone in Hurricane, W.Va., the group did various projects. To highlight their work at Majengo, they will hold a service at the First Presbyterian Church, 300 Market St., at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18.
Immediately following the service, there will be a soup and dessert luncheon with a cost of $3 for adults and $1 for children under 10. Then, Dolan said, they'll have a slideshow presentation of the trip.
With money raised from the event, Dolan said they will help fund a 2013 mission trip to Springfield, Mass. Tornado and storm relief is still needed from the weather that hit that area in 2011.
For more information on the Majengo Foundation, which was created by Matt McKissock, or to make a donation, visit www.majengo.org or call 723-2495.