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I must admit, I was more than a little bummed out this past spring when we had to put our plans aside for going to Puerto Rico to help with relief from hurricanes Irma and Maria. But I had to step back and realize these were our plans … not God’s plans! After a bit of prayer and time, the Heseders made new plans to go in the fall. At first there were only two of us going, but the number gradually increased to seven—four of them going on their first mission trip! Now two more have joined the group, growing our number to nine!

As promised in the last newsletter, I would like to share with you a few of the details around our journey. We will be leaving Denver on a very early 1:30 AM flight on Saturday October 13, and arriving in the capital of Puerto Rico, San Juan, around noon.

Puerto Rico is the eastern-most island of the Greater Antilles. Is is also the smallest, being only 100 miles from east-to-west and 35 miles from north-to-south. We will be serving toward the center of the island, in the central mountain region. Our most likely area will be near the city of Cayey, but there’s a chance we could be in Guaynabo (between San Juan and Bayamón) or Salinas instead.

So, once we arrive at the airport we will rent a car and drive south, likely stopping for supplies on the way (see how you can help with that, below). Saturday evening we will meet up with the rest of the thirty-person (or so) team from Group Missions. As of this writing, we don’t know what our accommodations will be … but know that God has His plans! Sunday we will worship with the community we will be serving and enjoy a tour of the area. This will also give us a day to acclimate to the tropical humidity before starting our work week!

Speaking of work, we don’t know exactly what we will be working on during our week in Puerto Rico, but here are the projects Group has done so far in 2018:

  • Replaced twenty wood roofs.
  • Sealed twelve concrete roofs.
  • Entirely rebuilt one home.
  • Removed debris from 52 homes.
  • Cleared twelve community areas (parks, town squares, etc …) of debris.
  • Demolished two homes.
  • Participated in three community painting projects.
  • Worked on five municipal department buildings,
  • Remodeled two churches.

A total of 225 families have been helped so far in 2018!

After our week of serving, we will return to San Juan on Saturday (October 20) for the flight back to Colorado. We will be exhausted but rejuvenated, weary but anxious to go again, and grateful to have been able to share whatever we could offer.

Even if you’re not on the plane with us October 13, you can help, too! We will be collecting donations of cash and gift cards (Home Depot, Walmart) through October 7. Drop off your offering, marked PR MIssion, into the offering plate or at the church office.

Thank you for your support! It’s wonderful what happens when you put things in God’s hands.

“Hesed” is a Hebrew word that means “kindness,” “mercy,” “loyalty,” “loving-kindness” or “steadfastness.” It’s the way God intends us to live together—a “love your neighbor as yourself,” active, selfless, sacrificial, caring-for-one-another brand of living contradictory to our fallen natures. The “Heseders” are continually looking to work together to share some small measure of God’s extraordinary love. Won’t you join us?