LGPC's Go Team on final mission to Zambia
Village of Sinazongwe has attained sustainable status with church's help
Lake Grove Presbyterian Churchs Go Team left yesterday for a final mission trip to the fishing village of Sinazongwe in rural Zambia, where they have returned each year since 2002 to support the Zambian people.
Initially the local church community felt called to help with the rampant AIDS epidemic, however its involvement escalated from providing thousands of caregiver health kits to digging wells for accessible clean water, helping establish health clinics, rebuilding a school wiped out by a flood, providing food security and irrigation for cooperative farms and supporting a Safe House for vulnerable high school girls.
This years Zambia Go Team is made up of 14 people, all of whom have traveled on at least one previous trip to the African country. They will return Oct. 26, after visiting Lusaka, Choma and Sinazongwe.
LGPC Go Teams has visited each year for the past 14 years to provide encouragement and training to village leaders, pastors, women and youth, said Kathleen Fast, director of Youth Ministries at LGPC. She said this years Go Team would be a farewell tour for the village, as the village had reached sustainable progress in areas of health, agriculture, education and microfinance.
Approximately 70 LGPC parishioners have participated in the Go Team Zambia project. They will all receive a patch of the teams logo, created in an attempt to capture the long and wonderful partnership. The primary colors of green, black, red and orange are the colors of the Zambian flag, Fast said. The green backdrop also symbolizes agriculture. The red is for the fight against AIDS and orange is for the partnership organization World Vision. The heart is for the mutual love that is felt by all and the cross is for Jesus who is at the center of it all. The blue water drop represents wells, irrigation and the many tears of joy and sadness this final trip causes. While the official partnership must come to an end, LGPC will always be Zambitious.
The patches will also be given to Zambians the team meets on their mission.
You can keep track of Go Team Zambias works on the LGPC Facebook page.
Lake Grove Presbyterian Church is located at 4040 Sunset Drive in Lake Oswego. For service times and news about youth groups and other ministries visit lakegrovepres.org.