This week's guest speaker was fellow club member, Rev. Dave Stechholz. Dave spoke of the M.O.S.T. Ministries mission trip he recently joined with fellow Lutherans. The journey took them to Juarez, Mexico.
The mission trip began in El Paso, Texas in fellowship with other members of their church. Father Dave told us how his briefcase with “Rotary” printed on the bag opened up many conversations about Rotary with his Texas and Mexican hosts.
The purpose of the mission was to bring prescription eyeglasses to Mexico and distribute them to financially insecure residents of Juarez. They had 608 pairs of glasses to distribute. The missionaries tested the eyeglass customers by having them look through 3 different prescription strengths of glasses to see which one improved their vision the most. Once the prescription was determined, they would match it with one of the pairs they brought from Michigan.
Another item discussed was a community building in Juarez which is very important to the residents. The building is in need of attention, especially mold removal.
Our AM Rotary group discussed pursuing a global grant with our Texas Rotary friends to work on refurbishing the community room. And to think it all started with Father Dave and his “Rotary“ bag.