By Jose Fernandez, Christ Episcopal Church, Pittsford, NY
During the summer of 2015, a group from Christ Episcopal Church in Pittsford, NY visited the EMC to volunteer in Philadelphia and get a taste of what missional living looks like at the Episcopal Mission Center. EMC missioner Jose Fernandez reflects on his mission experience in Philly as he prepares to carry this missional approach into his church's upcoming mission trip to Boston. Here's what he has to say:
"The mission trip to Philadelphia was one of the best and most eye opening experiences of my life. I went into the trip not knowing what to expect, and left with a desire to do more for people who are less fortunate. We were told before we went; it would be a lot of physical work, and it was. But after completing so many different strenuous projects, I felt proud and happy, of the work I had just done. It felt good to know that I was helping someone, and making an impact in someone’s life. I learned so many new things on the trip, and I look forward to learn many more on our trip to Boston."
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
Thank you for your radical hospitality!
Gwynedd Mercy University
Thank you for your hospitality in hosting students from Gwynedd Mercy and Alvernia University during their Alternative Break with the Interfaith Center. The facility was wonderful. We held several of our workshops there in your comfortable space. What an ideal setting! The students especially appreciated participating in your mass as getting a personal orientation from Rev Morris and such a warm welcome from your parishioners.
With much appreciation for all you do,
“Right now, my group is rating our experience as the best mission they've ever been a part of. The orientation and subsequent building of relationships with kids in the community broke down their racial and urban stereotypes. Most importantly, every one of them experienced a deepening of their faith in God, and tangible understanding of how that faith works itself out in mission and issues of social justice. We will definitely be coming back!”
— Rev. Jane Cornman, St. Mary’s Church, Wayne, PA