For the “Year of Faith”, theology teacher Maryanne Chengelis joined fellow Peace Jam Advisor Sveri May from Loy Norrix High School in Kalamazoo, MI, to participate in a Mission trip to Piura, Peru, from June 20-July 1. Two SPHS students, Alyssa Mills and Alana Ralph went, along with SP parishioner Nathan Maiken. Joining us in Pirura was Isolina Brescia, friend of Nathan and former Ashland University student. We stayed at Parroquia Santisimo Sacramento.
Our mission work included building bamboo houses (our first with football celebrity Jim Harbaugh), delivering food packages to sponsored families, delivering clothing to communities, shopping for and delivering family gifts of blankets, cookware, etc., visiting the elderly and giving Communion to shut-ins, visiting the Catholic school “Madre de Buen Consejo” and teaching English, visiting the girls orphanage “Hogar Madre del Redentor”, serving oatmeal and roll breakfasts to village children, and helping with construction at the school. We were treated to several picnics at village churches and a fiesta!
There was fun, too. We shopped at the Catacaos Market and went to Colan where we took a boat ride to see sea lions and had lunch at an ocean beach resort. We also spent a day in Lima and three days in the jungle at Tambopata.