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Puerto Rico Mission Trip 2019

  • WHO can go: Adults & Youth who have completed 9th grade. A team of experienced leaders, including Pastor Mark Parker, of Breath of God Lutheran Church, are working to bring together to help in the rebuilding effort following Hurricane Maria. We will be working with Lutheran Disaster Response, a program of Lutheran Social Services in Puerto Rico.
  • WHAT are we doing: The hope is for half of the group to have solid construction experience, while half of the group should be physically capable of construction work and willing to learn from and assist others. There may also be an opportunity for follow-up home visits with people who are in the case management process or who have been already served by Lutheran Disaster Response.
  • When – Dates are July 21st – August 3rd. You may choose one week or stay for both. The general timeline is fly in on Sunday morning/afternoon, fly back on Saturday evening. Monday through Friday we worked construction doing rebuilding in the morning and the afternoon, with time in the late afternoon/evening for the beach/pool, relaxing and exploring the area. We may have the opportunity to take a half day to head across the island and visit El Yunque, an amazing tropical rainforest or exploring in Old San Juan.
  • Where we are staying: We will be staying in the Lutheran camp in Maguayo, near Dorado. About 45 minutes west of San Juan. The camp has room for up to sixty volunteers at a time. Volunteers sleep in bunkrooms with twin-sized bunkbeds and communal showers–comfortable enough, but nothing fancy. The camp also includes a very nice pool, a chapel, office and storage areas, and a main hall for dining/meeting/organizing/relaxing. It’s a good home for groups like ours.
  • Why Puerto Rico– in 2017 a Category 5 Hurricane, Maria, devastated Puerto Rico. Maria is regarded as the worst natural disaster on record to affect Dominica and Puerto Rico, and is also the deadliest Atlantic hurricane since Jeanne in 2004, and the most intense tropical cyclone worldwide in 2017. The hurricane caused catastrophic damage and numerous fatalities across the northeastern Caribbean, with total losses from the hurricane estimated at upwards of $91.61 billion (2017 USD), mostly in Puerto Rico, ranking it as the third-costliest tropical cyclone on record. The rebuilding efforts are far from over, and the church
  • How do we get there: Registration opens in January with a deadline of April 1. The first deposit will be due at the close of registration, the second payment will be due May 1 and the final payment July 1. The expected cost is anticipated to be less than $600 for one week and less than $900 for two weeks. Airfare is Included. We will be planning fundraising efforts as a group.

Please contact Kelly Thurber if you are interested engage@goodsam.community

Registration Deadline April 1st – but spots are limited