MDG Grant Turned Global Partnership

MDG Grant Turned Global Partnership

by the Rev. Lucretia Jevne, Chair, Millennium Development Goal Committee

Grant Report: 2014 Millennium Development Grant of $3,000.00 Transforms Mission Outreach

A 2014 Millennium Development Grant has became the seed of a global partnership, as members of St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church in Rocklin and members of St. John's Episcopal Church in Roseville participated in a well drilling mission trip to Cap Haitian, Haiti with Living Waters International. Pictured at right, is the actual well drilled on this trip, and the first bucket of clean water being pumped by their community leader.

As a result of this trip, and several other experiences at St. Augustine, this congregation is moving in a new and positive direction with regard to mission and outreach endeavors. They are establishing a mission/outreach grant program for the congregation that is designed to encourage new community and global efforts. Their first grant program will be with St. Luc Mission in Thomassique, Haiti.

This fall they will visit St. Luc Mission, which is on the plateau area of Hinche, Haiti, to do an assessment of the needs and abilities at St. Luc and the Episcopal school they currently run. From some correspondence, they already know there is a need for a clean water supply, a feeding program for the school and either solar or other means to cook.

This whole mission endeavor has been transformative for both the congregations and the people of Haiti, as they develop closer partnerships. As they write: “While doing what God clearly calls us to do helps directly those people in need, it goes well beyond that. As more members participate to whatever degree they can and we are all communicating and encouraging one another as we work together, our parish will become alive with the spirit of God. Our hearts will be transformed and opened to new opportunities. This will resonate well beyond our walls as we become a place of action and not just words. “

This is precisely the kind of partnerships envisioned with the eighth Millennium Development Goal, to develop global partnerships for development. In addition this project contributed to relief of poverty and improving health by providing a source of clean drinking water, something we take for granted. While the men drilled the well our women taught valuable hygiene and sanitation lessons each day. Coloring pictures, singing songs, playing games and sharing bible stories were always a big hit. (See photo at left.)

New Grant Announcement
Does your congregation have an overseas mission project you would like to develop? Our Diocese has set aside 0.7% of its budget for work relating to the eight Millennium Development Goals. Watch for an announcement for this opportunity for a grant that will enrich your life and faith through global outreach and partnerships.

 

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