Fullview Missionary Baptist Church in Bartlett contributes to myriad local missions and collaborates with other churches, local and nationally. Special to the Tri-State Defender
|The Rev. Wilma Peggs (l) listens as a community worker reads the Spanish version of the Scripture. Reading along was Quani.|
|In the Haitian community, a man shares his testimony.|
|This view accented a long walk during a mission outing.|
This year, Fullview’s pastor, the Rev. Walter L. Peggs Sr., wanted the church to begin a concerted effort towards foreign mission work. He envisioned the church marshalling its resources – people, time, and money – to go at it independently.
So, 16 members volunteered to travel to Barahona (3 ½ hrs from Santo Domingo), Dominican Republic for a week. For some, it was the first trip out of the country. The group worked closely with the pastor in the Dominican Republic, the Rev. Franklin Rodriquez.
Each day began at 5 a.m. and ended at 10 p.m. A typical day was devotion at 6 a.m., breakfast at 7:30 a.m., load the bus at 9 a.m., drop off in a different village each day to “witness” door-to-door, Vacation Bible School with the children, Women’s Bible Study, baseball and/or soccer with the young men and adult men, then Men’s Bible Study.
Lunch was at the local “Pollo Rey” restaurant. Then it was back on the bus at 6:30 p.m. and on to the hotel to have dinner at 7:30 p.m. Evening devotion and fellowship followed, ending around 9:30 or 10:00, sometimes later. Bedtime was around 11:30 or midnight.
A couple of unique things along the way: A village that was at least 90 percent blind – adults and children; a small and somewhat isolated Haitian village, where the residents only spoke Creole, creating the need for a translator from English to Spanish, and another one from Spanish to Creole, then back to English. The main modes of transportation were motorcycles and mopeds.
One of the main inspirations for Fullview’s solo trip was that many residents commented on a 2010 trip that they were glad to see someone who looked like “us” come to witness to them. That point was reiterated on the Friday night before this year’s trip came to an end.
Next year, Fullview plans to send two teams. The longer-term goal is expanding to other countries, with multiple teams out simultaneously.
|The Fullview M.B.C. mission team: back row (l-r) Glen Baity, Mandrill McLaughlin, Juwan Harrison, Michael Johnson, Amiya Shores, Barbara Triggs, Adria Shores, Rodney Kirkwood; front row (l-r) Phyllis Fickling, Verlinda Baity, Eve Hardaway, Wilma Peggs, Audra Melvin, Lisa Love, Anna Cook and Stephanie Bonds. (Courtesy photos)|