Cree Nation

Serving in the First Nation, Fisher River, Manitoba

July 22nd, 2013

World Servants is excited about serving in the Cree for the second year. Fisher River is located about two hours north of Winnipeg. Our contact is George Crate, the Community Economic Development Director. George is a wonderful community host and has been key in making it possible for World Servants to bring teams into the community.

Last year at the end of July we took a team of seventeen people to serve for a week. It was fun to work with Angie Cochrane and Carl community leaders. We had the opportunity to serve by painting the inside of the Fisher River Arena Complex. It was a big job but the team tackled it without blinking.

Angie Cochrane, was a wonderful host and made sure we had all the supplies we needed to complete the job. Carl Cochrane made it possible for us to stay at the lovely new youth cabin located right on the water. Carl and his wife hosted the team for a traditional fish dinner. The Chief of the Council made time to join us and share some history about the Cree people. Toward the end of our time we hosted a Bar-B-Q with the community and it was so much fun to spend time with community members. It was wonderful to exchange stories and play with the children.

We look forward to returning in 2013.

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World Servants featured in Minnesota Christian Examiner Article

July 17th, 2013

Click here to read about World Servants in the July 2013 edition of the Minnesota Christian Examiner. Enjoy!

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Communities

Bringing Hope to Arecibo

July 2nd, 2013

Enjoy the beauty and culture of the Caribbean without a passport! Expect the climate to be tropical with an average temperature of 82 degrees, getting to know the wonderful people of Puerto Rico and be welcomed by their warm hospitality and help bring hope to the community Arecibo.

Arecibo, Puerto Rico is World Servants’ newest community partner and is a US territory located on the Northwest coast of the island, about 50 miles west of San Juan.  Our first mission trip in April 2012 went exceptionally well and World Servants has been invited back and asked to help with another community project.

2013 mission teams will be partnering with the Iglesia de Cristo en Arecibo, which is led by Jim Gullette, World Servants host community leader.   Our construction project will be to help build a new church building, to be built behind the current structure.  The congregation has outgrown its current meeting space and so the team will be working right alongside church members building block walls, installing windows and doors, laying tile or painting.  When completed, the church will have a new worship space with expanded classroom, fellowship and additional restrooms.

Last year, the team worshipped with the Iglesia de Cristo en Arecibo and enjoyed a picnic lunch afterwards in a park overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.  This year, after lunch we’ll visit the mountain site of a planned church youth camp to be built by future mission teams. The evening meal will be prepared by the team. We’ll worship with the Park Gardens church and engage in additional cross cultural training after services.

After a long day of working and building relationships, participants fall asleep quickly in their dorm style rooms replete with bunk beds.  Male and female restrooms are available and showers are usually refreshingly cool, especially at the end of a long, hot work day.

Although Puerto Rican cooking is somewhat similar to Spanish, Cuban and Mexican cuisine, there are distinctly different local Puerto Rican dishes you’ll enjoy, such as “cocina criolla”; a unique tasty blend of Spanish, African, Taíno, and American influences, using indigenous seasonings and ingredients as coriander, papaya, cacao, nispero, apio, plantains, and yampee.

Friday is our day-off and could include sightseeing and lunch at El Yunque National Rainforest Park and swimming at beautiful Luquillo Beach.  Or we may take a ferry from Catano to Old San Juan and spend the afternoon seeing the sights of El Morro Fort, walking the historic blue cobblestone streets, shopping for souvenirs and enjoying a delicious Puerto Rico dinner out on the town.