On Saturday, October 7, about 50 persons representing 29 West Marva Congregations, gathered at the Oak Park Church for a District Wide Leadership Retreat, led by John Jantzi, Executive Ministry of the neighboring Shenandoah District. Grover Duling, West Marva District Mission and Ministry Board Chair, shared with group that we had an opportunity to send money through the Office of Global Mission and Service to Puerto Rico. Grover was hopeful that $7,000 could be raised over the week-end so that each of the 7 congregations could be given $1,000 to address their most urgent needs, according to Roy Winter, Director of Global Mission and Service. The great news is that by Monday morning, resulting from Saturday morning’s comments and other word of mouth communications, $15,165.00 from 17 West Marva congregations had been collected and today we have learned that an additional $5,000.00 has been added to this total now making it $20,165.00. This money will be delivered by Roy Winter on Wednesday, October 11th and will be distributed through the District Office in Puerto Rico. PRAISE JESUS!