Grateful and Proud

by Jerry A. Racioppi

Early on in my time as rector at Holy Spirit Verona I was told about a Mission Trip that Holy Spirit Verona sponsored to Grace House on the Mountain in St. Paul, VA.  Although an Episcopal Church sponsored site, I was not familiar with it.  Several of the Holy Spirit parishioners raved about their experience at Grace House.  My second summer (2016) at Holy Spirit, we considered doing a Mission Trip, but we felt we did not have the momentum to have a decent attendance.  

So, upon the advice of Mama Jane Eliasof, we booked Grace House for July 2017 in the summer of 2016.  This gave a full year of planning and advertizing, in hopes to have a decent cadre of participants for our Mission Trip 2017.  We ended up with twelve people signed up, and were led through two pre-travel meetings by the talented Joanna Eliasof.  Here it is day six of our trip, and all I can say is WOW!

I am so grateful for this experience, and the opportunity to spend a week with these amazing eleven people.  Grace House is an wonderful organization that does good works in this part of God's vineyard.  I am so proud of the work our "youth" accomplished in this week.  In less than three days they build a rather large deck (featured in the photo).  Although hard work, the group managed several challenges and persevered to the completion of the project.  Go Holy Spirit Verona 2017 Missioners!


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