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International Outreach

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Mission Trip to Sierra Leone – June 2017

In June 2017 Doug Figg will lead a mission trip to the Swawou Primary School in Kenema, Sierra Leone. St. John’s (as part of the annual MDG efforts in 2013 and 2015) has provided funds to the Swawou Primary School.  While there, we will assist the teachers in the classroom, assist with the student-run garden and provide other needed assistance/repairs around the school.

  • Dates of travel: Depart June 9, 2017; Return June 17, 2017
  • Where: 2 nights spent in Freetown (one on arrival and one on departure); 4 nights at the Ericson Lodge in Kenema

Questions? Please contact Doug Figg through the Parish Office, 703-356-4902.


Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic – July 2017

Preparations are underway for this summer’s mission trip to Iglesia San Gabriel in Consuelo, Dominican Republic. We are in the process of forming the team which will continue our close relationship with the people of San Gabriel as we join them July 8–15, for their yearly Vacation Bible School and physical plant improvement projects.

Our relationships and partnership with the clergy, staff and parishioners of San Gabriel have continued to increase in strength and depth over the past several years in part due to the bonds of fellowship formed during the yearly mission trips.

Interest forms are available for download here, as well as in the Parish Office and Shears Hall. If you are interested in joining the mission team traveling to the DR July 8–15, 2017, please complete the form and return it to the Parish Office. For the sake of logistics, the team must be capped at 14 participants. Therefore, please respond as soon as possible.

Questions? Contact Kristine Johnson, Stefanie Stayin, or Margaret Kerfoot via email at any time. 

Partnership in the Dominican Republic
St. John’s has been in partnership with Iglesia San Gabriel in Consuelo since 2002. At the request of the bishop of the Dominican Republic and in response to a 30% unemployment rate in that area, we funded and participated in the construction of the Bob and Ellen Snow Technical School. This is the first Episcopal school of its kind in the Diocese, and we hope that lessons learned here will benefit other Diocesan technical schools currently under construction. The school has classes in hair and nail salon operations, secretarial skills, and other skills needed for productive jobs.

St. John’s conducts annual Mission trips to Consuelo, to assist in construction, repair and maintenance of the trade school facility, and to participate in a Vacation Bible School for elementary school aged children. Teenagers, college students and adult parishioners participate in a year-long orientation in preparation for the trips.

Questions? Contact the Reverend Kristine Johnson


Through the Missions Committee, the congregation is involved in outreach around the world.

Reaching the World’s Poorest
Beginning in 2007, St. John’s made a yearly commitment to discern the needs of the global poor and to research and support organizations that seek to meet these needs. We aligned our efforts with the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)program, which aimed to reduce poverty, hunger and disease, foster maternal and child health, broaden educational and employment opportunities, and enlist global cooperation to sustain these efforts.

Educating the parish by means of presentations and informative articles in church publications, and capped by a Gifts for Life Fair each Palm Sunday, a dedicated committee raised awareness and financial support for groups and initiatives such as:

  • Episcopal Relief & Development (Nicaragua; Afghanistan; Haiti; Nets for Life in Africa)
  • Farmland for Women in Madagascar
  • The Bob and Ellen Snow Vocational School in the Dominican Republic
  • An Outpatient Clinic in Tanzania
  • Medika Mamba in Haiti (medicine and food for children)
  • The Swawou Elementary School for Girls in Sierra Leone
  • The Neonatology Unit of Ruhengeri Hospital in Rwanda
  • A Water Pump and Bakery Mixer for Nuevo Progreso, Mexico
  • Water for People in Honduras

A small group of Missions Committee members and others is exploring ways to continue St. John's efforts to help the poorest of the poor. If you would like to join the discussion, contact Gilliam Spooner through the Parish Office, 703-356-4902.


Syrian Refugee Crisis
The Missions Committee suggests a few ways you can assist some of the more than ten million Syrian Refugees:

  • Purchase the cookbook, Soup for Syria: Recipes to Celebrate our Common Humanity. Eighty acclaimed chefs and cookbook authors have contributed to this cookbook, illustrated with beautiful photographs; all profits from purchases made through the link below will be donated to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations agency charged with caring for and finding solutions for the world’s refugees. You can preview the cookbook and place your order online here ($30, same price as at
  • Donate to Episcopal Relief & Development’s Syria Crisis Response Fund. ERD is collaborating  with other agencies to provide food and medical support especially to refugees on Greek islands transiting to mainland Europe, in reception centers in Greece, and outreach to tent communities is several European countries. Visit the Episcopal Relief & Development website.