BANGOR – Music with a Mission, featuring the bluegrass and gospel sounds of Anna Mae Mitchell and Rising Tide, will be the last fundraiser this year to help 60 teenagers and adults make a mission trip to Honduras in June. The concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at All Souls Congregational Church, 10 Broadway, is geared to the whole family.
Music by the 16-voice University of Maine a cappella group Mixed Nuts will start off the evening. Admission is by donation.
Teens and adults have been raising funds for two years to finance the trip, with events such as October’s yard sale at the Brick Church on Union Street, the chocolate-covered Easter egg sale and a lobster stew dinner.
“These events help us raise about $15,000 a year toward the $45,000 needed to fund our construction materials, transportation and accommodations while in Honduras,” said Carol Sherman, who oversees much of the administration for the mission program. “We have a two-year cycle of international and Maine mission trips. Some of our fundraising also goes to finance the projects we do in Eastport during our homeland mission year.”
Last summer, more than 80 teens and adults worked in Eastport to complete the Labor of Love Food Pantry, replace porches on two homes, build a wheelchair ramp, re-roof one home and paint another.
The Rev. Renee Garrett, minister of Christian nurture at All Souls, said that developing the spirit of Christian service is a central goal in all aspects of the team’s life and work, whether in Maine or in Honduras.
“The various fundraisers provide great opportunities for us to encourage an attitude of cooperation and service,” Garrett said. “As team members work together under the time pressures these events create, they learn that there is a great deal of fun, as well as a sense of accomplishment, in working hard to reach a goal. On top of that, many of them discover for the first time that they can push through tiredness and still work with a smile on their faces and good will in their hearts. It’s a great thing to see emerging in our travelers.”
The group going to the Tegucigalpa area in June will build three cinder block homes and organize a vacation Bible school for children. A medical team will provide health screenings and basic medical care for families.
All Souls Students in Service to Jesus Christ first traveled to Honduras in 2001. For trip leaders Rex and Renee Garrett, and medical team leader Dr. Mary Warner, this will be their fifth trip.
For information, call the church office at 942-7354.