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OGDENSBURG — Three members of Grace Covenant Church, 7 Laboda Lane, in August will embark on a mission trip to help orphans in Antigua, Guatemala.

For one week, the team will be ministering while helping people with medical needs, helping to establish farms and constructing homes in the rural Guatemalan community.

Under the blessing of their pastor, Vince Charron, the parishioners will team up with the GO! Ministries Guatemala Outreach team led by David Sgro to build chicken coops and teach English as a second language.

Mission team leader Amy J. Spooner will be traveling with her daughter, Charrette M., 21.

“There are a lot of orphans that the orphanages can’t help because they are full,” Mrs. Spooner said. “Many orphans have been paired up with widows. Chickens have been given to each family. Each day, an egg is given back to help feed children in the schools since they don’t have a lunch program in the school.”

Mrs. Spooner said she was motivated to join after participating in several mission trips near her home, but this will be her and her daughter’s first mission outside the U.S.

“This is scary and new, but I am looking forward to seeing what we can help with,” Mrs. Spooner said. “I think both of us are going to grow from the experience. I am really happy that I get to share it with my daughter.”

“It’s very important as part of the church itself to ourselves make disciples of men — either right here in the local area or going to other countries — by spreading the love of Jesus,” Mrs. Spooner said.

She said she looks forward to sharing her experiences with fellow church members.

“We’re going to bring back lots of pictures and a PowerPoint and share everything we’ve seen and we did,” she said. “Maybe this experience will help us to see what different things we can do here to help others.”

The total cost of the trip for all three members will be about $6,000.

To raise money for the trip, the church will hold the Movin’ It for Missions Zumbathon from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 29 in Library Park. All money raised will go toward travel costs.Registration is $3 or a donation.

Zumbathon instructors are Matthew Warner, Jade Reynolds, Diane Burns, Bethany Tombolillo, Stephanie Collins and Laura Bryce.

A silent auction and 50/50 raffle also will be held. Tank tops will be available for purchase for $10 each. In case of rain, the event will be held at the Lockwood Arena. For more information, call Karin J. Blackburn at 854-4971.

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