Windy Cove Presbyterian Church Continues Mission Trips To Haiti

Millboro, Va – It’s been about a year and a half since the devastating earthquake in Haiti. The rebuilding there is ongoing. But for some people the work in Haiti has been ongoing for quite awhile, long before the earthquake.

April Miller who attends Windy Cove Presbyterian Church in Millboro is preparing to leave for her 8th mission trip to Haiti. She also went last summer, just six months after the quake.

“It was pretty devastating, all that we had worked for and all the organization we supported worked for was destroyed” she says. “Words can’t really describe..I mean to see people living in the median between two fast paced roads in tents and tarps is pretty overwhelming.”

Miller is leaving Saturday July 9th to spend a week in Haiti painting new homes that have been built since the earthquake. Volunteers like Miller who continue to travel to Haiti to work find inspiration there. Nine people are going on this mission trip. Windy Cove Presbyterian Church is always open to having anyone join them on the trips.

“Try it, it’s awesome; it will change your life” she says. “It will change the outlook you have on our lives here in the United States, and it will bless you abundantly.”

Fran Hobbs also attends Windy Cove Presbyterian Church and she’s been on 25 mission trips. Most of those were to Haiti where she was very impressed by the people.

“They are so spiritually in tune, and they have nothing and are happy” says Hobbs. “Things don’t make you happy. They hardly know where their next meal is coming from, but they just have this great joy and laugh; They know material things aren’t what is important.”

Hobbs was instrumental in organizing the Haiti mission trips in previous years.

“When I was 70 years old, April Miller started going with our team; she has been the perfect one to just step in and take over” says Hobbs. “I started going last year with a group that goes to China and takes Bibles into China. It’s a tremendous blessing to be 80 this year and to be able to continue to be involved in missions.”

Funding for these mission trips has been provided in the past by both the Episcopal and Presbyterian Churches. This year funding has been cut, so donations are being accepted to help make up the difference. For more information contact Windy Cove Presbyterian Church at 540-997-5395.

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