Mission Trip tasks include:
An annual review for each sponsored child – we interview, photograph, do medical checks, record the information and help them write a letter or draw a picture to send to their sponsor.
We also have meetings with the local project leaders, review specific project activities (eg: wells that are being dug or homes that are being built) and check on their progress and effectiveness.
During these processes families who need extra help are identified and plans made to make sure they get it.
Teams always join in with project activities such as visiting the children’s clubs and schools, taking lessons, taking part in church services and so on.
A great part of some trips is to join in with the delivery of one or more “Alternative Gifts”. This can mean carrying chickens in our hands in the back of a truck or visiting a community and giving every family an extra blanket or mattress.
On some teams the Grassroots financial team audit the local projects’ accounts and make sure that all the money is being used well.
Finally, the teams that go to Romania have two parts: Most work on building a home for a very poor family who desperately need safe, warm, dry accommodation. They are lead by qualified UK builders and work alongside Romanian builders.
The other part of the team visit all the sponsored children – some in homes and others in Benita’s centre – where they interview, photograph and pray with each child.