St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Saturday, November 22, 2014
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South Africa

 
Since 2006, St. Stephen’s parishioners have traveled to the Eastern Cape of South Africa.  Although we contribute in many ways to the needs of our international mission partners, our priority has been and continues to be building relationships with the people in those communities through time spent together in fellowship, prayer, and worship.  Together, we discern God’s call for our joint friendships and ministries.
 
In November 2011, we visited Monica Vega and Heidi Schmidt, our missionaries, and the children in their care. Monica and Heidi work with the Isibindi Project, a model program for assisting children orphaned by the AIDS pandemic, and we visited Isibindi Project “safe parks” in Alice.  We have also embarked on a relationship with St. Augustine’s Anglican Church in Grahamstown, which has a thriving food ministry and is working with Monica and Heidi to build an Isibindi Project safe park. The photos (left and below) were taken in March 2012 and show children at St. Augustine's playing with toys St. Stephen's provided.
 
To learn how you can participate in a future trip, please contact Deb Lawrence.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Photos from November 2011 trip to South Africa