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Deer Isle
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, January 9, 2014
Deer Isle teens and adults to take missions trip to Honduras

Sunshine Advent Christian Church to send 12 on missions trip

From left to right, David Colwell, Jackie Pelletier, Mathilde Iversen, Heather Cormier, Allison Cormier, Julia Bentley, Larissa Heanssler, Vicki Davis, Liam Adams, Noah Davis, Nick Dunham, Kristyn Davis. The 12 are heading to Honduras in April on a missions trip.

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Twelve area residents will be heading to Honduras in April on a week-long missions trip. Of those 12, seven are teenagers—four from Deer Isle, one from Sedgwick, one from Kentucky and an exchange student from Norway currently attending Deer Isle-Stonington High School.

The trip is organized by the Sunshine Advent Christian Church and facilitated by Cristo Salva, a nonprofit organization. While in Honduras, those on the missions trip will distribute food, medicines such as Tylenol and other first aid supplies, and toys to children. On the itinerary is a stop at an orphanage to help with its feeding program.

This is the fourth trip organized by the church. Allison Cormier, who went on the last trip to Honduras, said that most of her time was spent distributing rice, boullon cubes, bags of stuffed animals and candies to children.

Those who have been on other missions described counting out vitamins into 30-day supplies, treating children for lice and modeling how to brush teeth.

“The people there have nothing,” said Vicki Davis.

Jackie Pelletier said she’s seen several church members return from missions trips “very changed by the poverty they see.”

Kelsey Davis, who went to Honduras when she was in high school, said she was shocked at how far small things went in Honduras. “Sometimes all they need is Tylenol,” said Davis. “Over here we have all this extravagance, but there they just need the basics.”

Davis said the group often takes “Coke breaks” when in a village. This involves going to a local store and buying drinks and chips or whatever they might want to snack on. With 20 or 30 people purchasing a few dollars worth of goods, the store often will be supported for several months. Cristo Salva facilitates trips to Honduras four times a year.

Worship also plays an important role during the trip. “Most evenings we join whatever local church is where we are, singing and maybe performing a skit during the services,” said Larissa Heanssler.

Those attending the missions trip must raise the funds for the trip themselves, and the church is holding several fundraisers. First is an indoor flea market on Saturday, January 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sunshine Advent Christian Church.

A romantic Valentine’s Dinner will be held on February 8 and then a carhop in March to help raise funds.

The community has been very generous, and many not involved with the church have donated goods or funds to help support the efforts, said Heanssler.

To learn more about Cristo Salva, visit cristosalva.org. To donate money or to find more about how to support the mission effort, contact Larissa Heanssler at 348-2868 or larissaheanssler@hotmail.com.