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Trinity News : November 2011
TRINITY NEWS 23 On the 17th September my family and I went on a mission trip to Bolivia, South America, for three weeks. This was not a holiday, but a time to learn about a different part of the world and culture, and also an opportunity to serve and respond to the needs of a very poor country. We travelled to three different regions of Bolivia: Sucre and its rural villages – mountainous and scenic; Tarija with its deserts and dust; and Santa Cruz – a modern city with jungle terrain on its outskirts. I had fun getting squished into a Nissan Patrol with fifteen other people, driving on bumpy and narrow roads, without a seatbelt! Our family travelled with a group from our church, and some of the activities we did included free medical clinics and dental treatment for the remote villages and slum areas; running children’s programmes where we played games, told Bible stories, taught songs and helped with craft; and getting to know the beautiful, friendly Bolivian people! I am thankful for the comfortable life we have in Australia, but I also learnt that you don’t need to have lots of stuff in order to be happy. I think we should all think about how we can help those who are in need, and be generous. Lastly, no matter where you live in the world, we all need to find our hope in being friends with Jesus. | Daniel Chu 4H clockwise from right: Daniel and a Bolivian boy | Daniel Chu doing craft with children of the slum area | Dr Des Chu (Old Boy ’88) medical clinic | Teaching Bible stories to children | Mrs Margaret Chu doing dental work Operation Christmas Child aims to brighten the lives of children living in third world countries through items in a simple shoe box. Volunteers who work at Samaritan’s Purse follow Luke 10:27: “love your neighbour as you love yourself.” All over the warehouse cards say, “Write, wear, bag, love, play.” They mean put in the box something to write with, to wear, a bag, something to love and to play with. This year the target is 80,000 shoe boxes in NSW alone. Trinity Preparatory School contributed 490 which have already found their way to Vietnam. The preparation of boxes involves many processes. All boxes are checked so that they do not contain any items with spiritual beliefs, war, customs or anything that may be second hand. All packaging is removed from the items. As we were under 16 years of age, we worked in the kitchen unpacking little toys and folding soap up in face washers. Spending time today was a small gesture but when pooled together, these contributions will bring smiles to the faces of many needy children. Knowing we have helped to give something back to the community in this way was very rewarding. | The Year 6 Volunteers top: Preparing pallets of boxes for shipment middle: the boys at work right: from left: Matthew Herro (6L), Bryce Hankey (6L), Matthew Rorie (6A), Thomas York (6L), Oliver Ashton (6H) and Lachlan Gai (6A). SAMARITAN’S PURSE VISIT