The Mission Planning Team guides the formation of and budgeting for mission teams to both American and international locations. In this country, mssion teams have helped repair homes in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina; in Cedar Falls, Iowa, following a severe Mississippi River flood; in depressed areas of southwest Virginia; in Scottsboro, Alabama, after severe hurricanes; and in Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, after Hurricane Sandy.
Internationally, our mission teams have been three times to Our Little Roses, a home for abandoned and abused girls in Honduras. Grace Church also sponsors two girls who live at Our Little Roses, providing funds for their living expenses and education. We have also held a shoe drive providing three pairs of shoes for each of the 60 girls.
Three parishioners travelled to Tanzania to develop a relationship with the Anglican Diocese and to provide financial and practical help in the development of a hospital. Grace parishioners also held a silent auction and raised $20,000 for the purchase of a car for Father Yohana, a Tanzanian priest, to help him in his wide-ranging ministries in Dar es Salaam.
A Grace Church mission team travelled to Haiti in 2013 to better understand the struggles and recovery efforts of the Haitian people, with particular focus on the Haiti Micah Project in Mirebalais. To deepen their perspective, the team also visited Episcopal Church facilities, the micro-finance bank FONKOZE, and the new Partners in Health Hospital.
The Haiti Micah Project (HMP) includes an orphanage for 25 children and a daily feeding program for 500 children. Each year on Mother's Day, we launch a month-long campaign to renew our sponsorship of some of these children, provoding them food, clothing and educational expenses for a full year. Generous donations by parishioners currently allow us to help over 70 children.
Through our Outreach budget, Grace has also donated funds for a water purification facility serving both HMP and Mirebalais and for the construction of a nearby vocational training school.