Since 2006, St. Stephen’s parishioners have traveled to Azua in the Dominican Republic for annual medical missions, as well as other visits.
A team of doctors, dentists and other health professionals and volunteers visits each year, usually in February. Parishioners can support this effort with prayers, and by providing toothbrushes, toothpaste (full-size tubes) and eyeglasses (readers).
In 2012, St. Stephen's youth began traveling to Azua as well, and a group now goes each summer.
St. Stephen's sponsors two missionaries in Brazil, Heidi Schmidt and Monica Vega, who are working with local Episcopal/Anglican churches to revitalize our church's witness and presence in that country. They also work with the poor in Sao Paulo. Heidi and Monica visit us each year to tell us about their ministry.
Although we contribute in many ways to the needs of our international mission partners, our priority has been and continues to be building relationships with the people in those communities through time spent together in fellowship, prayer, and worship. Together, we discern God’s call for our joint friendships and ministries.
Deb Lawrence // 804.288.2867, ext 329 // email