Salem church's Guatemala mission brings blessings
The 35-member missionary team returned from their travels in the early morning hours of March 30.
Trip organizer Joshua Cardin said the March trip marked the fifth mission for Granite United: teams from the church traveled to Guatemala last spring as well and previously completed missions to Trinidad, Mexico and the Bahamas.
Cardin said it cost about $1,200 per person for the most recent excursion. The Guatemala team was an eclectic bunch, ranging from high school freshmen to retirees.
During last month’s visit, missionaries from New Hampshire and Massachusetts helped build an orphanage that will eventually house 60 children, according to Cardin.
The Granite United team installed concrete foundation for the orphanage during last year’s trip, and last week spent 11 hours pouring concrete by hand to construct the facility’s roof, according to Milas.
For Lawrence, Mass. resident Julio Ramos, the most recent mission marked his third time traveling overseas for Granite United and his second visit to Guatemala.
Salem resident Cassandra Demers said she’d also participated in previous mission trips, but the experience is always an eye-opening one.
Demers recalled her experience working with a woman who lived on a mountainside, her home little more than a bamboo and cornhusk shack.
The woman smiled at her and replied, “what else could I need? I have a beautiful home now.”
“We are so blessed by God so we have a responsibility to share with others,” he said.
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