Sun, Sand, Sea, & Service...

 

HOPE Volunteers pray before beginning work“….just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but TO SERVE, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matt 20:28)

From November 18th-24th 2012, the Port of Spain Church of Christ became a buzz of activity as 14 brave souls came to our shores on their Thanksgiving holiday to participate in an incredible week dedicated to serving through our newly formed chapter of HOPE Worldwide.

The HOPE Trinidad & Tobago Week of Service was envisioned as a means to encourage our hearts to become a "ransom for many" and serve the community in various capacities. The Central Jersey Church of Christ team (with others from NY and Boston) led by HOPE Coordinator Horacio Piccininno in conjunction with the volunteers of HOPE Trinidad and Tobago served wholeheartedly in various communities locally. San Antonio based photographer Zach Fazio from ICOC Hot News also came to document the week of service.

The week kicked off with a special HOPE Sunday service in which everyone in the congregation wore specially printed “HOPE Worldwide: We Volunteer” t-shirts and got the chance to meet and greet our overseas guests. In the days that followed, disciples served in special projects located in Success/Laventille, Tacarigua, San Fernando, Tobago and our brother Steve Mungalsingh’s home in El Socorro.

But it wasn't all hard work!  The US contingent also got a chance to see the many marvels of our twin island republic. Trips were organized to visit Maracas Bay, MovieTowne, BP Renegades Pan Theatre, and Store Bay in Tobago. They even sampled our many delicious local dishes and delicacies. Since they were here during the week the US celebrates Thanksgiving, they were treated to a US-style Thanksgiving Dinner! The camaraderie of the disciples, both local and foreign, was very encouraging and it was amazing to see everyone working together in harmony while serving God and those in need.

HOPE Trinidad and Tobago wishes to thank the members of the Port of Spain Church of Christ for their service and support. We are also grateful to Horacio and his team for the t-shirts, supplies...and most importantly the inspiration left in our hearts. We are indeed indebted with gratitude.