Near and far
We are to love our neighbors. For people of St. Paul, “neighbors” mean people who live near and far.
Our benevolence giving supports ministries that feed and empower people worldwide. But we also believe that getting to know people from different cultures is the best way to understand the beautiful diversity of God’s creation.
The number of refugees in the world is at historic highs, with millions forced to leave their homes because of unthinkable violence. World Relief-Moline resettles approximately 200 people a year in the Quad Cities from places like the Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the most dangerous places in the world for women and children. St. Paul people help empower and support as refugees rebuild their lives here – learning English, seeking employment, building new friendships, understanding new customs and culture.
Late spring/early summer 2018
Leslie Klipsch of Empower Tanzania and Ann McGlynn of St. Paul will lead a late spring/early summer 2018 journey to Tanzania, Empowering Women: An immersion trip to Africa. The itinerary will include visits to a water project, a gender-based violence initiative, a village health clinic, and a club for the area’s most vulnerable children and families. In the evening, time will be devoted to conversation and contemplation. The guiding principles of this time away will be simple: to be with the people of the area, learn about their lives, and be inspired by their work. The journey will be 10-12 days, including travel time, at a cost of approximately $3,500. It is limited to 10 people.
Contact: Ann McGlynn