Neighbors | Submitted.Canfield Presbyterian Church will host a Trash and Treasure Sale on April 28, and will offer a variety of items, including artwork. All proceeds from the sale will go toward the church’s 2018 International Mission Trip.
Neighbors | Submitted.Aimee Williamson, a member of the Canfield Presbyterian Church, is a volunteer with Foundation For Peace and is based in Santo Domingo. Williamson will be the point person for the Canfield Presbyterian Church’s 2018 International Mission Trip 17-member team traveling to the Dominican Republic this summer.
Neighbors | Submitted.Canfield Presbyterian Church will host its Trash and Treasure Sale from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on April 28, and will offer a variety of items, including baby and children’s toys. All proceeds from the sale will go toward the church’s 2018 International Mission Trip.
By ABBY SLANKER
Seventeen youth and adult members of the Canfield Presbyterian Church are planning the church’s 2018 International Mission Trip with Foundation for Peace to Dominican Republic and Haiti July 11-20.
Members of the mission trip team, including four youth, three college students and 10 adults, will travel to Pedernales, Dominican Republic and Haiti, the same area another mission trip group from the church visited in 2013.
Team members include Pastor Larry, Shirley and Isaac Bowald, Ben and Maggie Brucoli, Mary Burkett, Alan and Alex Carnahan, Hannah Edwards, David and Sherry Goddard, Rebecca Mattern, Madison Prindle, Lerlene Rosko, Evan Skripac, Mike Williamson and Tracy Wyant.
The team will host medical clinics in the community, help with school construction and host a Vacation Bible School while in Pedernales. The team is partnering with the Woodside Presbyterian Church of Yardley, Pa., and will meet up with them once they arrive in the Dominican Republic.
Aimee Williamson, a member of the Canfield Presbyterian Church, will meet the team members in the Dominican Republic. Williamson, a 2009 Canfield High School graduate, is volunteering with Foundation For Peace and has been based in Santo Domingo since June 2017. As an elementary school teacher on a leave of absence from her Annapolis, Md. school, she teaches English in the capital and also helps students struggling with Spanish.
Williamson first traveled to the Dominican Republic in 2013 with the Canfield Presbyterian Church team and then again in 2014 with Grove City College. She then returned the next three summers for eight weeks of volunteer work before deciding to spend an entire year there teaching English.
Williamson also works with medical teams from the United States comprised of medical students and nursing students who travel to the Dominican Republic.
“At the Foundation for Peace, we believe the greatest transformations happen when we do God’s work together, hand in hand. We say we can’t do everything, but we’ll do anything,” Williamson said.
Williamson will serve as the point person for the Canfield Presbyterian Church team, and her father, Mike, is a member of that team. Williamson said the Canfield Presbyterian Church team is considered a construction team and will work on the school the previous team from the church worked on in 2013.
Williamson also serves as a translator and suggested the team brush up on Spanish construction words.
“You guys might want to learn the Spanish words for construction terms. Definitely learn the Spanish word for bucket,” Williamson laughed.
Three members of the team which traveled to the Pedernales in 2013 are going again this year. Sherry and David Goddard said they are looking forward to see the children they met five years ago.
“A big motivator for us to go on this trip is wanting to see the kids we met when we were there in 2013. They really tugged at our heart strings and we really want to know how they are doing and see how much they’ve grown and progressed. We also want to see the progress of the school we helped build and help finish it this time. Our team specifically asked Foundation For Peace if we could go back to Pedernales to see the progress of the children and the school. We also want to continue to build on the relationships we built the last time we were there,” Sherry Goddard said.
To help with the cost of the 2018 International Mission Trip, Canfield Presbyterian Church will host its Trash and Treasure Sale from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on April 28. All proceeds from the sale will go toward the mission trip.
“The Trash and Treasure Sale is the church’s biggest fundraiser. It is a collaborative effort of the whole church, from donations, to cleaning items, to sorting and pricing items,” said Rebecca Mattern, Canfield Presbyterian Church Director of Christian Education.
The sale will offer furniture, home goods including kitchen utensils, pots and pans, small appliances, baskets, dishes, curtains, sheet and comforter sets as well as books, pictures and photo frames, sporting goods, some tools, pet supplies and more.