Mission work comes in all shapes and forms - preaching the gospel, teaching, medicine.
And even construction.
That's what a group from Grandview Baptist Church of Estherville will be doing in a few weeks when they depart Feb. 7 for a two-week stint in Las Piedras, Uruguay where they'll do finishing work on a church addition they built onto a house three years ago. Making the journey will be Loren and Linda Anderson, Cattie Tvedt and Betty and Dennis Lukins. It's a follow-up to the same trip the Andersons and Lukinses made February 2010 with seven other church members.
Grandview Baptist Church members planning a February trip to Uruguay are Loren and Linda Anderson, Cattie Tvedt and Betty and Dennis Lukins.
They'll find temperatures of 94 to 100 and Sharon Clark, Linda's sister, who has served as a missionary there for 47 years, starting up churches.
Dennis, who works for the City of Estherville electrical department, and Loren, a contractor, will be putting their expertise to work when they put lights and a false ceiling and sheetrock in the church, actually a 20-by-40 concrete block addition to a house.
"We really do have a wonderful time," said Betty.
"By the time you're done, it's like you're leaving another family," added Dennis.
While there are no problems with civil unrest, Linda said there is a lot of crime and drugs. That's pretty apparent by the bars on the windows of homes. Paul Slaughter, church mission coordinator, said people even steal light fixtures and Linda said it isn't recommended that they walk around by themselves at night.
The Italian-influenced cuisine is wonderful, though, said Linda, with the seasons opposite ours, making it the equivalent of our August when they arrive. Winters tend to be cooler with temperatures into the 30s.
The trip is a special treat for Linda who will again get to see her sister, Sharon Clark, who's been a missionary there for 47 years, starting up churches. Sharon attended Pillsbury Baptist College in Owatonna, Minn.
Probably one of the hardest things about the trip will be getting there. They'll depart from Sioux Falls, S.D. and fly to Chicago then Miami and finally take an eight-and-a-half-hour flight to Montevideo, Uruguay.
Grandview Baptist will hold a valentine's banquet 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 to raise funds for its various projects. Those attending will have the chance to see the missionaries in Uruguay via Skype.