St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Monday, January 26, 2015
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International outreach

Since 2006, St. Stephen’s parishioners have traveled to Azua in the Dominican Republic and to the Eastern Cape of South Africa.  In 2012, St. Stephen's youth began traveling to Azua as well. Now we are exploring a new relationship in Brazil, where our missionaries there, Heidi Schmidt and Monica Vega, are working with local Episcopal/Anglican churches to revitalize our church's witness and presence in that country. They also work with the poor in Sao Paulo. Heidi and Monica will visit us during the third week in October 2014, and will speak in the Sunday Forum on October 26 at 10:10 a.m. You can read about their work in the fall edition of Seasons of the Spirit (page 6).
A group at St. Stephen's has a Skype conversation with Heidi and Monica. Monica (in yellow shirt) visits people in the remote Mission District of Brazil.

Heidi (in orange jacket) listens to the poor who earn their living
as street vendors in Sao Paulo.
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 addition to international trips, we travel regularly to New Orleans to help those affected by Hurricane Katrina, and to Crisfield, Maryland, to help those affected by Superstorm Sandy. You can read more about those trips here.
Dominican Republic Medical Mission Trip | January 31-February 7, 2015
Medical and dental practitioners are needed, as are Spanish translators. Please contact Deb Lawrence in the parish office for information
Photos of past trips are available on the Dominican Republic page.
A video about a recent youth trip to Azua is here.