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Susan Trnka, West Fargo, Published November 05 2012

Letter: Father Jack’s friends thankful

On behalf of the Rev. Jack Davis, Sister Peggy Byrne, the Friends of Chimbote board of directors, and most importantly, the poor of Chimbote, Peru, served by our organization, I wish to extend our deepest gratitude to the 450 people from our region who attended our “Passport to Peru” fundraiser gala on Sept. 20. We are also eternally grateful to Robin Huebner for her genuine warmth as our event emcee and her professional expertise in sharing the story of our mission as the author of The Forum’s feature story on Saturday, Sept. 22.

The kindhearted generosity shared by people attending from North Dakota, Minnesota and several other states as well as from Peru was inspiring, and Father Jack and Sister Peggy return to Peru re-energized by the shared passion of so many who support their social ministry. Please know that greater than 91 percent of your donations directly fund our programs, which include education programs, medical and hospice care, seven soup kitchens, employment opportunities and micro-lending, among others. Hundreds of families will benefit from the funds raised at the gala.

Our mission is to transform the lives of the poor to help them become independent and self-supporting members of their community. Every weekday morning the poor of Chimbote gather in the mission chapels and join in prayerful thanks for the benefactors in the United States who provide hope and inspiration for them.

May all who attended the gala as well as those who provide support but could not be there, feel the loving gratitude of the people of Father Jack’s mission reaching across the miles. Friends of Chimbote invites and welcomes your questions and interest, as well as mission visitors and volunteers. To learn more, call (701) 364-0162 or visit www.friendsofchimbote.org. Blessings to you all.

Trnka is executive director, Friends of Chimbote.