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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

On Wednesday, June 8th, our mission team boarded a plane for San Diego to start our journey to Rosarito Mexico.  We rented a 16 passenger van and drove to St Innocent Orphanage in Rosarito. 
https://www.projectmexico.org/orphanage

Located on an old horse ranch, St. Innocent Orphanage houses and cares for 22 boys who come from a variety of very difficult backgrounds. The mission provides each boy with a sense of spiritual direction, an education enhanced by private tutoring, an active program of athletics and extra-curricular activities, and a lasting sense of family and belonging fostered by unconditional love and support from all of the staff and volunteers.  The team from St. Sophia had the pleasure of interacting with these very bright and energetic boys. Seeing God's work first hand was worth the trip itself. 

We pitched our tents on the grounds of the orphanage and settled into our daily routine.  The routine included 4:00 a.m wake calls from the roosters, 7:00 a.m. prayer services followed by an our of personal prayer and reflection time, a hearty breakfast and then off to the job site! We were paired up with a VERY energetic team from Ressurection Greek Orthodox Church in Castro Valley California. On the first day we mixed concrete by hand.  Enough to pour a slab 14'x20'. This was, by far, the most challenging day but also one of the most poignient.  Once the final batch of concrete was poured, we all stoped and put down our shovels and trowls. We took off our hats and prayed.  Father Peter prayed a Trisagion and then blessed the foundation of the home.  At the conclusion, he inserted a Cross deep into the concrete in the exact spot where the bedroom would be located in the home.  Father Peter did this once before when he blessed the foundation of our current church.

Our second day was framing and installing chicken wire to hold the stucco.  The third day was stucco and roofing.  The forth day was a second coat of stucco, paint and the house blessing where we gave Maria a Holy Bible (written in Spanish) an icon of Panagia and the Christ Child and th keys to her new home.  The home was basic shelter. No electricity or plumbing. Just weathertight shelter that she will then work on making livable. And she was eternally grateful. 

If you ask anyone that participated in this project, they will tell you that it was a life changing event. We certainly changed life for the better for Maria.  But it was also life changing for the members of the team. We were the hands and feet of Christ. The work was hard but the fellowship with other Orthodox Christians, the time spent with the orphans, the daily prayer, the humbling accomodations.... it brought us all closer to God and re-focused us on what is truly important in life.  Our Faith.  We got a lot more out of it than we thought.

You can see more photos of the project, our friends from Castro Valley and Maria (the new homeowner) by going to -
Project Mexico Photos

Thank you for praying for our team and for supporting us. 
Yours in Christ,
The Project Mexico Team
Father Peter, Chris Altum, Matt Williams, John Pogas, Stephanie McLaughlin (nee Pogas), her husband Sam McLaughlin, Patty Cakridas and her son Peter Ryan

P.S. - WE'RE GOING BACK IN 2023!  AND WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU JOIN US! If you are interested, please reach out to John Pogas, our team coordinator or Father Peter. You will not regret it.

Our accommodations
Our accommodations
Our accommodations
Hand mixing and pouring concrete
Hand mixing and pouring concrete
Hand mixing and pouring concrete
Maria and her new home!
Maria and her new home!
Maria and her new home!
St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church
900 S. Trooper Road
Jeffersonville, PA 19403
610-650-8960
office@saintsophiachurch.org
Office Hours - M-F 10am to 4pm

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    1Oct

    Protection of the Theotokos
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    2Oct

    8:45 Orthros
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    12 noon -- Adult Greek School
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    5Oct

    10am -- Small Paraklesis to the Theotokos
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900 S. Trooper Road
Jeffersonville, PA 19403
610-650-8960
office@saintsophiachurch.org
Office Hours - M-F 10am to 4pm
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