In the past, St. Dunstan's has contributed the cost of schooling and feeding one child for a year at Buen Pastor , an Episcopal School in Quito, Ecuador where our missionaries, the Vivancos, oversee the school and the use of our funds. For the past 29 years, Buen Pastor has served a vulnerable community, including orphans and those living with addiction, by providing a range of community development programs.
The cost of feeding and educating one child at Buen Pastor is $39 per month, or $468 a year. At Coffee Hour on Sunday, those present agreed that we as a parish should continue to support Buen Pastor with a gift for one year of $468 from our Outreach budget. (All contributions are approved by our parishioners before being dispersed; if you have any objection to this grant, please contact Elin Botha, Outreach Coordinator, directly at email@example.com.)
In addition to supporting Buen Pastor from the Outreach budget, we hope to be able to support a second child for the year by collecting donations from St. Dunstan's parishioners. If 12 individuals or households each contributed $39, we would have enough to feed and educate an additional child.
If you would like to help support a child at Buen Pastor, please make your check for $39 (or more, if you'd like!) payable to St. Dunstan's, with "Buen Pastor, e=h" in the memo line. You may mail your donation to the church (5450 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda, 20816); the mailbox is secure and is cleared regularly.
Thank you to those parishioners who already sponsor a child for one year. We appreciate everyone's contribution to this project!