June 21 - June 29
With the destruction of recent hurricanes, the island of Puerto Rico has been devastated. A place that was once described by her sunshine and tropical scenery has now been replaced with images of ruin and brokenness. There is a lot of uncertainty in Puerto Rico, not only with the natural disasters, but with the struggling economy and the structure of the government. As a U.S. territory, decisions that are made within the federal government affect Puerto Ricans, but they have a lack of representation in the system. But through the brokenness on this island stands the Church, God’s people. He is raising up followers who are willing to get their hands ##### to advance the Gospel. On this Engage experience you will partner with Toa Baja Christian Church in the outreach they are doing within their community on the outskirts of San Juan. Hurricane relief efforts will continue for many months and Engage is honored to be able to partner with the local church to meet needs in the name of Jesus. Come see what God is up to on this beautiful island.
In preparation for future Engage International trips, we are monitoring the Zika Virus. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued travel notices to certain regions and countries where Zika virus transmission is active (Latin America and parts of the Caribbean). Zika Virus is spread to people through mosquito bites, and the most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. The need for hospitalization is uncommon, however, there is increasing evidence that its effect on pregnant females is more dramatic and may cause birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes. We will continue to assess this situation with updated information from the CDC.
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