On a mission

Five West Michigan residents are heading to Africa on a mission.
Krystle Wagner
Jul 8, 2013


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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papa bear

Dont people realize that there is a need here in America y keep going to other countries you can help here so tired of people worrying so much about those countries when you live here think about that


thats exactly what I thought.


I partially agree with your statement. The other part of me thinks... the US offers FREE health care to those in need, FREE food to those in need, FREE public education and believe it or not, jobs to those willing and able to work. The places that these ladies are going to help out in do not have the means to offer their residens any of this aid. Maybe, instead of belittling how they are making the world a better place, you can go volunteer in the US areas of need, in their honor. Thank you for helping the human race, ladies!

papa bear

With all do respect, I do a lot of volunteering in the community, I am not saying that their wrong for what they do it's just that there's so much that can be done in our own backyard.


What nerve to state that you think they should volunteer somewhere else rather than their chosen mission; you've got brass.

Unless you are a contributing member to this church and have an issue with the way they are spending their funds, I suggest you say good job and leave it at that. If some of you feel that some of the needs locally, or nationally for that matter, need attention then volunteer, don't belittle their efforts to help where "they want" to be of help. Nobody is arguing that there isn't need here, and everywhere for that matter; they chose their mission so wish them well and leave it alone.


He made a valid point and one that should be considered so back off. This is typical bible banging BS, you want to take your vacation and have it paid for to...that is the new chrisitan way.


This is no different than someone giving a donation to charity and then others complaining they chose the wrong one. It's their money and they can give it to whom they please. The church has decided what they want to do and where; how do you argue about this?


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