When the group leaves the U.S. on July 23, they will travel to St. Martine de Porres Orphanage Centre in Sumbawanga, Tanzania, for a two-and-a-half-week mission trip.
The team is the first mission group for St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and they will provide care to more than 60 orphans as well as make shelves and paint laundry and kitchen areas.
Spring Lake native Sammi Bergeman said the trip will fulfill a lifelong dream to care for others, especially children in need.
Instead of playing princess as a child, the 20-year-old said she played mother to baby dolls.
“The fact I can do this is outstanding to me, and I couldn’t be more grateful,” Bergeman said.
Bergeman will take the trip with Mary Cassleman, Ann English, Abby Grioux and Chris Jarvis.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church, along with community support from the Tri-Cities area and Muskegon County, has supported the orphanage by purchasing commercial washer and dryer units. Previously, the orphanage had a residential washer and no dryer.
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