The Archdeacon of Lancaster is heading for the Amazon in South America at the beginning of August to help in the construction of a classroom for disadvantaged youngsters in Peru.
The Venerable Michael Everitt raised more than £4,000 for the project with a parachute jump in Lancashire in April. He will now travel to Iquitos, along with his wife Ruth and staff and pupils of Oakhill School in Whalley, to see for himself how the Peru Mission’s work in the city is progressing.
The Mission works with disadvantaged poor people, in feeding, health care and education, as well as faith, while working with local communities in all of its projects. The project co-ordinator is the British Consul in Iquitos, Joe Plumb.
Archdeacon Michael’s initial target was £950, but the generosity of supporters in Lancashire and beyond sent the final total soaring, for which he is very grateful: “The financial support has been accompanied by prayers and by blessings for the work of the Mission.
“The generosity of giving and of the spirit has been overwhelming. We are travelling to Peru in faith and with confidence.
He added: “The school that we will be working with, Santo Tomas Nursery and Primary School, has been created by the local community, and we will be building a classroom with local workers.
“The current buildings are temporary, made from zinc and with limited sanitation and catering facilities. We will also do some teaching and engagement, as well as being part of the mission work, which links with the local Catholic and Pentecostal churches.”