St. George's Church, Baghdad
In April 2009, Canon Andrew White came to Mobile to meet with our community and discuss how we could help this amazing campaign devoted to bring peace to the war ravaged lands, support a faith community to all in need, and offer medical attention through a city-clinic. Trinity took up this call in September 2009 by pledging monetary support to St. George's Church, and in January 2010, by becoming a sister-church through weekly prayer and financial support. With a congregation of 3,500, St. George’s has become the largest church in all of Iraq, providing a cash stipend twice a month and food twice a month to parishioners. Additionally, the church provides free medical and dental care to parishioners and area neighbors, most of whom are Muslim. On July 13, 2010, Faiz Georges, the long-time lay pastor of St. George’s, was ordained by the Bishop of Cyprus and the Gulf as the church’s very first Iraqi priest. To help fund our annual commitment, contributions can be made to Trinity’s Outreach Committee and earmarked for St. George's Church, Baghdad. To learn more about St. George's Church and the Foundation for Relief & Reconciliation in the Middle East please visit www.frrme.org.
San Andres, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Through Bishop Duncan and Trinity's own leadership, the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast has sponsored annual mission trips to build a school and provide routine maintenance to several churches across the Dominican Republic, in addition to the biannual medical missions that provide basic medications and primary care. In recent years, Trinity became a sister-church of San Andres with specific goals to remember these brothers and sisters weekly in prayer and to return every six months until the interior of the church has been completely refurbished with rebuilt pews. All finances have been run through a special Mission-Outreach account at Trinity. Trinity sponsored two trips itself in 2010 sending team members to install water filtration systems to supply sanitary water for San Andres Church and School. For more information visit the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast website at www.diocgc.org.