Committed to Global Citizens
First Congregational of Elmhurst will be sending its sixth work delegation to the U.S. Island of Puerto Rico. This summer's effort really tugs at our hearts as the island was hit by the worst storm to strike in over 80 years. More than 200,000 Puerto Ricans, who are US citizens, have been forced to leave their homes on the island and make their way into the Continental US since the storm.
The majority of the people that have stayed are facing basic needs like electricity, drinking water, and food.
This summer 20 adults and youth from our church will be traveling to the island and working with Camp Caribe and Club Maravilla. Both of these community based groups serve the communities of Juana Diaz and Santa Isabel on the southern side of the island.
Our work delegation will help restore the structure that supports Club Maravilla's summer and after school programs. We will also be working with community residents to help clear out and stabilize their homes.
We hope that you will keep us in your prayers and follow us on Facebook with this link. We will also be updating you on our trip on this website.
As we prepare to send off our work delegation, we will be commissioning them during our June 17 10:00 a.m. worship. Our group departs on Saturday, June 23 and returns on June 30.
Stay tuned for more updates.
Pictures from our work delegation from the 2016 Summer Mission Work Trip to Puerto Rico.