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     Kathy and I have been invited to serve with a mission team in El Salvador from Saturday, June 2 through the following Saturday, June 9.  Rev. Chris Calhoun, pastor of St. Mark’s and West Green UMCs in Douglas will lead again this year. The mission includes helping to build a church, Vacation Bible School, and local food distribution, among other projects.  
     We are excited!  Kathy mentioned her desire to go a while back and we sought the right team for her first trip.  I have participated in Mexico and several others all over Central America.  Chris, along with others from the Douglas area, began going to El Salvador many years ago through the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM).  An American Missionary lives in El Salvador and coordinates the trip down there.
     You are invited, but time is short.  If this is something God is calling you to or you are interested in trying, you have plenty of time to prepare, just not much time to decide.    January 15th is the date a non-refundable $350 deposit is due.  (My apologies for the late notice.)  Only 15 places are available for the team, but if enough apply, another team will be considered.  You will need a Passport and some vaccinations, but you have plenty of time for taking care of that.
     The mission will cost approximately $1500 each and fund-raising opportunities are offered to help defray the costs.  Kathy and I hope to host some kind of event in Ocilla/Irwinville to give you an opportunity to participate.  
     Everyone can pray and we need prayer more than anything else.  Please put Chris, the rest of the team, and us in your prayers.

Peace,

Brother Jay

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