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Arce Family Tells About Mexican Trip

Sabbath services on July 22, 2017 began with a song service led by Angela Volpe, accompanied by Mark Kent on the piano.  The opening song was “I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go”.

David Smith welcomed everyone and had prayer and mentioned that the theme of the Sabbath School would be “missions”.  There is nothing like going on a mission trip and helping other people.

Jeffrey (9th grader) read the scripture reading – Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.”  

The Arce family then told about their experiences this summer in Mexico. Samantha (sophomore) played her flute, accompanied by Edi (9th grader) for special music. David Smith then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by the Arce boys and which goes to support Laurelbrook mission trips.   

Juanita Smith then announced the classes, and David Smith had the closing prayer. The congregation then became three Sabbath School classes, one taught by Jester Felarca in the church sanctuary, one student class working with the nursing home program, and one in the back of the sanctuary “behind the glass” taught by Elizabeth Castle.
Following are a few notes from the mission talk: 
  1. The Arce family went to Mexico this summer, covering 30,000 miles over six weeks.
  2. The first stop in Mexico was a school similar to Laurelbrook with classes from kindergarten to university level.
  3. In the southern section of Mexico, they presented four topics to about 500 people – relationships, music choices, and more.  They also presented Laurelbrook and what it stood for to their audience.
  4. One area was mostly Catholic with outsiders generally not welcomed, but the Arce family was welcomed.
  5. If you want something done in this area, you asked the men.
  6. Complicating the situation was a possible language problem – most of the people speak one or more of 30 different native languages.
  7. They experienced a 6.69 earthquake early one morning.  Earthquakes are common so people usually just roll over and go back to sleep, but this one was stronger than usual.
  8. The sand on a Pacific Ocean beach was black.
  9. The night of the earthquake there was no fish in the ocean.  The people figured that God didn’t want them to fish since the Arces were there.
  10. In the southern mountains the church lost 21 members to a bus accident. The Arces had a picnic lunch near the site of the accident and realized they were close to the site when they looked down the steep mountain slope.
  11. You can be a missionary right where you are.
Personnel Other Than Students:

Angela Volpe – Mark Kent’s special friend
Arce family (Ginny and Pedro) - works with Laurelbrook’s music program
David Smith – works with the academy program / husband of Juanita Smith
Elizabeth Castle – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home office
Jester Felarca – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Juanita Smith – Laurelbrook Academy registrar
Mark Kent – Laurelbrook IT specialist

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