Condon United Church of Christ warmly invites the community to its 10:30 a.m. service on January 26 where Rev. Maggie Sebastian will be preaching about her upcoming mission trip to Guatemala. Sebastian, who works as a Clinical Chaplain, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, will be the chaplain for a surgical mission trip to Hospital Hilario Galindo in Retalhuelu, Guatemala February 28-March 8 this year.
“I am very excited by this opportunity. I feel lucky to work for a faith-based organization that encourages and supports its employees to participate in events such as this trip,” said Sebastian. “The mission of Providence is to ‘reveal God’s love to all, especially the poor and vulnerable through compassionate service.’ We strive to do that on a daily basis, and will get to do that on a global scale through this trip.”
The trip is organized by Providence Health International working with their partner in Guatemala, Faith in Practice. The team will consist of about 30 Providence employees including surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, pharmacists, translators, chaplain, and support personnel. Working with staff at Hilario Galindo, the team will perform about 50-60 general surgeries in five days.
Rev. Sebastian, who is the wife of Condon UCC’s pastor, Rev. Tim Graves, has worked for Providence for about two years. Prior to the surgical mission trip, she will be in
Guatemala for about three weeks at Spanish language school to improve her language skills for the trip as well as her ministry in Hood River.
For more information, contact the church at 541-384- 3681. To find out more about Providence Health International or Faith in Practice, please follow the links at the Condon UCC website www.condonucc.org.