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Trip Reflections
Posted by Amy Patton on

  The Vision Team arrived safely back in Portland on Sunday, February 17.  As we looked back on the trip, we considered our most memorable moments. Below are entries from each member of the team. I will never forget winding through each slum community and the contrast of the...

In-Country Day 6
Posted by Amy Patton on

  This morning, we visited yet another of the Khulna area slums. This one was near a port on the river where huge sacks of fertilizer and grain were unloaded from large boats onto men’s heads and then onto large stockpiles, prepared for transport.  The railroad owns the land for...

In-Country Day 5
Posted by Amy Patton on

  Our devotional today came from John 15:15-17 “I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last.”  This is the wise guidance that World Vision uses for the Jiboner Jannya program:  to create a sustainable result. In this third year of a...

In-Country Day 4
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Posted by Amy Patton on

  Today we had a close-up look at the work of World Vision staff in the slums of Khulna.  Our day started with a walk through the narrow, hard packed dirt path of the slums, bordered by an open sewage drain.  The walls on either side of us alternated from wood slats to metal...

In-Country Day 3
Posted by Amy Patton on

  Jiboner Jannya This phrase, meaning “for a better life”, is the name of the initiative to Eliminate Child Labor that World Vision has undertaken here in Bangladesh in partnership with Lake Grove Presbyterian Church. The statistics are alarming. Out of an estimated...

In-country Day 2
Posted by Amy Patton on

  The day began with Sunday worship with World Vision staff at their national office. Pastor Robin assured staff that we will remember them after we leave, that remembering means praying and giving thanks for their work.  Their work is difficult, but one of Lake Grove Presbyterian...

Our first day in Bangladesh
Posted by Amy Patton on

  Today, February 9, was our first full day in Bangladesh - which seems funny because we left on Wednesday, February 7 from San Francisco  at 9:30 am and arrived at our hotel in Dhaka around midnight on February 8, having only witnessed one sunset.   The stars were bright as...

Bangladesh Team Commissioning
Posted by Amy Patton on

  January 27 was an exciting day for the Bangladesh team as we were commissioned, by no less than four encouraging services, to represent the Lake Grove Presbyterian Church (and Jesus Christ - a tall order!) with eagerness and determination.  We were asked to serve the people we...

The Bangladesh Team: prayer requests
Posted by Sarah Williams on

  It's almost time! Our Bangladesh Vision Trip is February 6th - 17th. Join us in praying for each team member; Diane Bays, Melinda Gordon, Lisa Okada, Todd Olson, Amy Patton, Linda Rinnan, Alan Shiffer, and Pastor Robin Garvin; their ministry in...

Gearing up for Bangladesh!
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Posted by Amy Patton on

What is a Vision Trip? World Vision explains the difference between a mission trip and a vision trip as the difference between a short-termeffort of hands-on relief in response to a natural disaster, for example, and the observation of long-termrehabilitation or development programs. The...