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    “Engaging in God's mission, not our own, binds us spiritually and emotionally as sisters and brothers in the faith."
    – The Rt. Rev. Robert R. Gepert, VIII Western Michigan

Many people believe the future of The Episcopal Church is in its mission work. Instead of maintaining buildings and institutions, our future lies in reaching out the poor, sick and marginalized people in our midst, which will in turn revitalize and restore us as disciples of Christ. For more information about mission trips in the Diocese of Western Michigan, read on!

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Katharine Jefferts Schori said, “Who are you? Why are you here? What are you doing about it? That's a shorthand way of thinking about our identity and vocation as Christians. It's also a way of leading us as individuals and Christian communities into thinking about our mission -- or better, our partnership in God's mission. Mission literally means "sending," and for us it means what we're here to do and be. In a large view, it's about partnering in building the Reign of God. In daily life, you and I get countless opportunities to engage in that mission.”

The Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan covers the cost of registration, gas directly to and from the mission via car pool, motels up to $80 per night directly to and from the mission, as well as housing and meals while on a mission trip.

Interested in volunteering in a local Reading Camp? Click here now.

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Pine Ridge, South Dakota
 July 7-15, 2017 (the 7th and 15th are travel dates)
12 Volunteers

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is an Oglala Sioux Native American reservation located in South Dakota. Originally included within the territory of the Great Sioux Reservation, Pine Ridge was established in 1889 in the southwest corner of South Dakota on the Nebraska border. The population of Pine Ridge suffers health conditions commonly found in Third World countries, including high mortality rates, depression, alcoholism, drug abuse, malnutrition and diabetes, among others.

Reservation access to health care is limited compared to urban areas, and it is not sufficient. Unemployment on the reservation hovers between 80% and 85%, and 49% of the population live below the federal poverty level. Many of the families have no electricity, telephone, running water, or sewage systems; and many use wood stoves to heat their homes, depleting limited wood resources. This mission trip fills up quickly, so reserve your spot as soon as possible!

Questions? E-mail the trip director Carol Abbott by clicking here now.

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  *A $200 non-refundable deposit is required  to be paid to reserve a spot on all out-of-state mission trips, per Bishop Hougland and the Board of Missions. If you need a scholarship to help with the cost of the deposit, please e-mail Cindy Nawrocki or Tami Varricchip-Drehle (e-mail addresses listed above).  Please make checks payable to EDWM and  mail to the diocesan office with deposit and the name of the mission trip on the memo line.

Reading Camp

  • Reading Camp is an intensive remedial literacy education program for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade children who are struggling with learning to read. It is free to all campers through full scholarship, and will be staffed entirely by volunteers. Hands-on learning opportunities will be abundant, with a very low adult-to-child ratio in a comfortable, stress-free, failure-free setting for learning. Illiteracy has been categorized by the National Center for Child Health and Development as a public health problem.

Click here to go to the Reading Camp page.