Local church has a mission

Church holds ice cream social to benefit trip to Nicaragua

— Next month, 15 people from Bethlehem Lutheran Church will donate their time to children in need by participating in a service trip to Nicaragua. But to make the trip possible, donations are still needed from members of the community.

On Saturday, July 14, an ice cream social and concert will be held to help the church raise the remainder of the money needed to send volunteers on their mission trip and purchase supplies to be given to locals in need. The event is free to the public, but donations are requested.

This is the third year Bethlehem Lutheran has organized service trips for its members.

“The church had never done an overseas trip and three years ago I became head of mission committee,” said congregation member Sally Jo Gieser. “I asked both of the pastors what they would like to see happen with the groups. They said they would like to get people to go on trips so people could get out of Delmar and see what it’s like for other people in different parts of the world.”

The first two trips were to Poland. Now, the group of 11 adults and four teenagers will be going to a third-world country, which will be a different experience. Trip participants will go to Centro Escolor Life Link Christian School in Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua to help teach the students, share Bible stories and work in the kitchen. They will also help build a new bathroom for the school with working plumbing.

“We will be there for the opening and the first flush,” said Gieser.

Nicaragua was selected as this year’s mission destination because a congregant at the church has a close family member who is the lead missionary at the school. At Christmastime, representatives from the school visited Delmar to share more information with the church and give them a list of needed supplies.

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