DETERMINED church members are gearing up for a mercy mission to Brazil to work with under-privileged children.
Members from three churches - Kirkintilloch Baptist, Lenzie Union Parish and Findlay Memorial, in Glasgow - will spend 12 days at the New Destiny Adventure Centre, a Christian project situated on a farm just outside the city of Belo Horizonte.
The centre runs residential and day camps for under-privileged children and teenagers who attend community day centres in the slums or live in shelters for street children.
The trip has been organised by Sheona Allen, from Kirkintilloch Baptist Church, whose cousin Morvin Collington is the co-founder of the centre.
Sheona (40), her husband Peter and children Connor (13) and Holly (10), will make the trip with a group with 12 teenagers and another two leaders.
The Trans4m: Short Term Missionary Trip to Brazil group will set off on June 28 next year.
Sheona, who is head teacher at Caledonia Primary in Glasgow, said: “I have been working with the teenagers in a Bible study group since they were in P7.
“I felt it was a real opportunity to have a very positive experience of something outwith their normal lives and put their faith into action.
“We’re hoping to do three to four days doing stuff around the centre then go into the slums and really see what it’s like there and a get a picture of where kids are coming from.
“We will work with them and do activities. It will be challenging at times, but really rewarding.”
The team has held a number of fundraising events to pay for the trip, including a book sale and quiz nights, with many more planned.
Callum Dewar (16), a member of Lenzie Union Parish Church, is one of the teenagers going on the adventure.
The 16-year-old said: “I’m very much looking forward to the trip. It’s great the buzz everyone has about it. The events we have been holding have brought different areas of the community together.”
Callum (second on the left) is pictured with some of the others going on the trip during the book sale.
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