Rob Wagler, Youth Pastor
To the Editor:
This June, I had the wonderful opportunity to lead a number of my youth group, and a few adults, in a mission trip to Cabaret, Haiti. We connected with an organization, CPR-3 (www.cpr-3.com), that gave us a chance to experience many aspects of mission work in this third-world country. We spent some hours doing physical labor - making, carrying, and pouring concrete at a mission house they are building - as well as building relationships with Haitians. We met many people of all ages who deal with poverty, a lack of water, and little hope. We were able to distribute some clothing we had taken, play games (like soccer and frisbee), do coloring and crafts, and simply show the love of Christ to these people. This was an eye-opening trip, and something I would recommend for anyone who has the chance to go.
Our team, consisting of myself, Don Faust, Carl Schmidt, Colleen Gochenaur, Jen Sonner, Kari Mauck, Erin Miller, Hannah Gochenaur, Heather Krapfl, Ian Sonner, Garrett Faust, Kyle Faust, Zak Becze, Conner Hunter and Ethan Fry, would like to extend our most sincere appreciation to our families for their hard work, faith and encouragement, our church family at Brighton Chapel, who were amazing in their financial support and encouragement, and the following businesses of the area who financially supported us: Cross-Road Farms, Design's by Vogt's Floral, Eberhard-Weimer, P.C., Farmers State Bank, Foltz Bakery, Hostetler Tire and Auto, KLW Horse & Rider Development, LaGrange County REMC, Mr. Rooter Plumbing, Serenity Salon of Burr Oak, Sherman Farms, Spring St. Purses, Treeann Trucking, LLC, and Wagler Financial Services.
Thank you all so much for helping make this experience possible.