Long-time parishioners Dwayne Katzer and Sandy Katzer have been involved with the mission to Anapra, Mexico for over a decade. They now direct Manos Amigas, the non-profit organization that provides vacation bible school (VBS) and scholarships each year, along with Deacon Ross Beaudoin (St. James Parish) and a team of dedicated volunteers. Over the years our parish has become more and more involved with Manos Amigas; many parishioners sponsor students’ scholarships, many have donated supplies for VBS and other needs, and some have gone to volunteer at VBS in an incredible immersion experience.
Student Sponsorship Success
A great success story is found in Haydee Carbajal. Haydee was a sponsored student in Anapra from her grade school years. Four years ago, she was the first sponsored woman to graduate from college! Since then, Haydee has been teaching school. Now she is preparing to go on to graduate school! What a story of hard work and determination… and loving support from people in the KC area!
July 2019 Update
The Core team has been busy getting the final preparations ready for VBS and preparing for this year’s student graduates!
VBS runs July 15 through August 1. The theme this year is the Creation Story. Thanks to all the volunteers that helped prepare the craft supplies! Many boxes have been shipped and more are being hand delivered by the groups listed below. The kids will be making animal masks, moon and stars mobiles and planting seeds, just to name a few.
Paulette (adult), and Jeremiah and Mikaela (youths) met with Bertha to prepare for the start of VBS in Anapra last week. They had a fun and successful trip!
We’ll be sending another group July 13 – 18. Sandy, Calvin, Jessica (adults), Eve and Frido (youths) will throw a graduation party, help with the first week of VBS and learn about life on the border.
Please keep these groups in your prayers for safe travels and amazing experiences.
We are excited to announce several graduations this year! Your sponsorship truly has an incredible impact.