Dan and Brooke’s Pilgrimage to Benefit Missionvale
Dan Gensler (Missionvale USA Board of Directors, Treasurer) and his daughter Brooke are embarking on a 500 mile pilgrimage – on foot – to benefit Missionvale, South Africa. Dan’s personal Missionvale journey started in June of 2006 when he first met Sister Ethel Normoyle (Missionvale Care Center Founder) at the Rotary International convention in Copenhagen. As the key-note speaker, she captivated Dan’s attention as she described the human suffering and lack of the most basic of needs….food, water and medical services the people of Missionvale lived in everyday. Dan and Sister Ethel’s relationship continued to grow from there.
Beginning June 10, 2018 Dan and Brooke will be walking the Camino de Santiago, a journey which was first accomplished by one of Jesus’ disciples, St. James some 2000 years ago. The pilgrimage starts in St Jean Pied de Port, in Southwestern France, at the base of the Pyrenees mountains. It spans across northern Spain and ends in Santiago de Compostela, where St. James is entombed.
Missionvale is a township outside of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The people of Missionvale live in abject poverty without electricity, running water, or sewage. In 1988, Sister Ethel arrived and has devoted her life to serving the poor and marginalized. She brought with her an abundance of compassion and love to serve the population of Missionvale, and now celebrates her 30 year anniversary. Since her work in Missionvale began, she has built a health care delivery system, nutrition unit, church, established a school for children and also an adult learning center. She has a clothing warehouse where she collects donations for the people of Missionvale. There is so much accomplished and yet still so much we can to do help.
Dan and Brooke are asking for your help through donations. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the people of Missionvale. Their goal is to raise $25,000!!!
They thank you for your support and prayers!