Message For Springfield Catholic Mission Team
Sunday, April 11, 2010 1:50 PM
From: "Richard Seivert" firstname.lastname@example.org
Merica, please read to your team on Monday night. Seivert
Dear Merica and Springfield Catholic Mission Honduras,
On behalf of Gehlen Catholic Mission Honduras 'Changing Lives,' let me be the first to say thank you, to each and every one of you, for all you have done for the good people of La Florida, Comayagua, Honduras, Central America. This program, this school and all its people, have been watching your mission each and every day through the blogs. We are very very proud of each of you and we know how proud your own families, friends, and school are with your dedication and commitment to the poor of Honduras. Let it be said today that fourteen young people and adults from Springfield Catholic High School have made a huge difference in the lives of many. Let it be said that you have stepped out of your comfort zone and into the harsh reality of life in the developing world. Let it be said that from this time forward you will never look at anything the same again. Let it be said that you have lived out the words of Christ in the Gospels and served. As Mother Teresa said, "If you pray, you will believe. If you believe, you will love. And if you love, you will serve." I encourage each of you to keep the spirit and love of mission work in your young lives. As you grow older be open and let this mission experience mold and guide you to always help the 'least of our brothers.'
Special thanks to the president and committee from La Florida that has given this group the chance to work side by side with you – two countries – all Americans. Special thanks to Angel Paz, Francis Seivert, and Julio Martinez for all the prepatory work in advance of this team. Special thanks to Sister Joan Polak and Linda Reichle for all the love and continuation they have shown this past week in moving from Gehlen to Springfield. Special thanks to the Rotary Clubs of central U.S. along with International Rotary for their trust, faith in Mission Honduras, and belief in this project – their wonderful financial support has made this possible. Special thanks to Fr. Bonilla, Tacha Alverado, and the wonderful people of Esquias for their continuing support and hospitality – we always know our teams are taken care of.
May the bond between Gehlen Catholic and Springfield Catholic schools, found in the dirt, sand, rocks, cement, and water, but most especially in the people of La Florida, be forever strong. Please continue to pray for the wonderful people of La Florida and the poor of the world. As Christians this is what we are called to do; this is what we must do; as Christians this IS who we are.
With Sincere Regard for You and your Families,
Richard E. Seivert
Director Gehlen Catholic Mission Honduras