We’re excited about expanding Friends of Cozumel mission/service efforts in 2014. Although we are not hosting a specific mission project week this winter as we have in past years, we’re fortunate many repeat experienced volunteers and new donors are visiting the island as well as Cozumel residents who want to serve the community. Working together informally we’re stretching the impact throughout the winter versus concentrating on one or two intensive weeks.
FOC is. . .
- Encouraging past mission volunteers to visit families and conduct informal mission efforts on their own this winter.
- Involving more local Mexican adults and teens in volunteer opportunities.
- Recognizing a few organizations and families we’ve supported are becoming self-sustaining (our goal). This allows us to refocus donations and volunteer efforts to those with greater needs. So if you’re wondering why we aren’t posting info about NUAFA or the CAM School for example, it is because these organizations have become more self-sufficient over time with other sources of support.
Special thanks to Mary White (MN) as well as Mark and Marilyn Freese (MN) who recently traveled to the island and brought donated school supplies. It feels a little bit like Christmas in January each year when the SAIL women’s Bible study group visits. They came loaded down with a HUGE amount of school supplies, children’s shoes, handmade baby blankets, clothing, fabric for sewing classes and much more. We also want to thank Mike and Susan Beech (Cozumel) for donating a door from their home that we could use with another family. This is a great example of “repurposing” something that still has a use for the right home.
On a personal note . . . We’re very happy to be back on the island enjoying the warm weather after being in the frozen Midwest far too long. Our sincere apologies to individuals and groups whom we were unable respond in a timely manner as we addressed family health issues. We appreciate your understanding and are energized by the enthusiasm of so many people who want to give back to the community. What a GREAT start to the New Year. ~~ Karen and Larry