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Mission trip travels to island of Roatan

Leslie Essex Crown Point helps distribute baseball caps Majken Broby Children’s Home Honduras. | Phoprovided

Leslie Essex of Crown Point helps distribute baseball caps at the Majken Broby Children’s Home in Honduras. | Photo provided

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Updated: February 19, 2013 12:18PM



The First United Methodist Church of Crown Point sponsored a mission trip to Honduras during the first week of February, with 16 people performing work on the island of Roatan.

The team, as in the past two years, worked together with pastor Joe Summers of Project Honduras. Summers had lined up some construction work at the Bethesda Methodist Church in Flowers Bay.

Flowers Bay is also where retired Crown Point High School Latin teacher Ruth Kernagis lives for part of the year. She has been working in this area of the island for more than a decade.

Part of the team worked with Kernagis, providing four days of Bible school for the children of the area. One day they held a health fair, testing blood-sugar levels and blood pressure while also distributing over-the-counter medications and reading glasses. They did a similar fair in the town of French Harbor.

The team was on hand to unpack the contents of 56 boxes of donated items from First United Methodist, mostly clothing, toys and school supplies. These items were distributed in Flowers Bay, French Harbor, the Majken Broby Children’s Home and the hospital in Coxen Hole.

There was one unfortunate incident, when four of the team members were robbed. No one was hurt, though the passport of one person was stolen, which meant flying to the Honduran capital city of Tecusagalpa. She traveled with Summers, and U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, contacted the embassy to speed the process of receiving a temporary visa and passport.



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