St. John’s has partnerships with the parish of St. Philippe/St. Jacques in Gressier, Haiti; a Catholic mission in San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala; and the village of Nueva Providencia in Guatemala.
The mission at San Lucas bought the land from the finca and relocated former finca workers and the survivors from El Porvenir to the land that has become Nueva Providencia. Consisting of about 45 families, Nueva Providencia now has a school, a water system and the beginnings of a solar-powered electrical system. Currently under construction is a small hydro-electric generating system.
Guatemala 2013– The following two trips have filled. An additional trip has been added. See below for more information.
The earthquake that devastated Haiti in January 2010 gave renewed impetus and urgency to our partnership. The residents of Gressier and surrounding areas suffered great losses, and both the church and school of St Philippe & St Jacques were destroyed.
St Johns is committed to a long-term relationship with our Haitian friends and partners as they rebuild their homes, schools, churches and their lives. Each year we raise significant funds to provide support for the school at St. Philippe & St Jacques. We organize two medical missions a year. In 2012, we hope to help rebuild the school.
In May we will be participating in a Bishop’s Trip to Haiti, in the company of Bishop Brian Prior. The purpose of the trip is to visit and learn from all the current partnerships between Episcopal Churches in Minnesota and Episcopal Churches in Haiti.
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