Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Osborne Mission Team Departs for Malawi

Osborne Baptist Church in Eden, NC, embarked this month on their third mission trip to Malawi, in partnership with Hopegivers and CitiHope International. What follows are summary reports from team leader, Rob Robbins:

After several months of fundraising and preparation, nineteen members of Osborne Church left on Tuesday, June 5th for nearly two weeks of ministry opportunities in Malawi, Africa. Two others followed on Sunday, June 10th bringing the total to twenty-one mission volunteers.

Partnering with CitiHope and Hopegivers Intl, the team had several goals to accomplish, the first of which was to take as much useful material and supplies as possible. After listing the supplies needed in the church bulletin, the donations began to pour in. In order to maximize the amount which could be taken, each person was limited to one piece of personal baggage to be checked on, with the other one full of supplies. The supplies included several boxes of medicine, sewing machines, recreation equipment, tools, Bibles and Christian literature, as well as, a plethora of school supplies. Cindy Hall, one of the team members, worked tirelessly to pack twenty-one donated suitcases and duffel bags with fifty pounds of supplies in each one.

We arrived safe and sound and are ready for our mission work to begin.