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By Nancy Burke
Special to The PREVIEW
Members of Grace in Pagosa Church are taking action in the community and around the world to show the love of God and bring the good news of His love to all different people groups.
This past year, there were numerous people who heard the call to go far. In June, Natalie Erickson, a graduate of Pagosa Springs High School went with 25 other students from Grand Canyon University on a week-and-a-half mission trip to Lautoka, Fiji. There, the group served in several capacities, including social work, construction, education and prison ministry.
Just recently, Sydney Smith, who is a sophomore at Ozark Christian College in Missouri, felt God’s leading to go on a CIY (Christ in Youth) trip to Zambia. There she worked with Active Water to help build bio-sand water filters and with Seeds of Hope International, ministering to children in an orphanage. In spite of the language barrier, she brought joy and hope to many children during several vacation Bible schools.
Michele Marks, daughter of Pastor Dale Marks, is currently undergoing intensive training in Asia in order to learn the language and show Christ to those she encounters.
In March, Dr. Carole Nasralla, from the Pagosa Springs Medical Center, worked for eight days in Guatemala with the Organization for the Development of the Indigenous Maya. She utilized her medical skills and compassion at several small village clinics where the group saw approximately 300 patients.
At the end of 2012, Jon Johnson, Nancy and Eric Bard, and Bay and Peg Forrest will be heading south to Cuba where they will be encouraging pastors and their wives as well as working with the locals to bring vacation Bible school to the children.
Those who feel the call to overseas or local ministry and act on it, not only bless those they meet, but they come back changed … more deeply rooted in their faith and seeing the fellowship of all believers and the amazing work of God around the world.
Because Grace in Pagosa wants to continue to support missions both here in town and around the world, a huge yard sale is planned for Saturday, Sept. 22, at 118 and 130 Inspiration Drive, just off Cloud Cap on the west side of Lake Pagosa. The yard sale begins at 9 a.m. and items are priced to go! As an extra incentive, prices will be reduced by half between noon and 2 p.m. Mark your calendars for a terrific “great reason to shop” event.