Fundraiser Sunday for mission trip to Honduras

It started small, said Christina Knell, but then it snowballed quickly.

“I need to raise money within a short period of time,” she said. “This is such a hectic and stressful time for everyone, yet so many people have stepped up to offer their time, talents, money or priceless encouragement.”

Knell was reflecting on the support and generosity of those who have helped put together a fundraiser for a mission trip to an orphanage in Honduras. She will be part of an 11-person team leaving from Great Island Presbyterian Church in Lock Haven on Jan. 10 and returning Jan. 19.

Knell credits Pastor Benjamin Linn and his wife, Mary, with inspiring her to make mission trips like these. After reading last summer about a previous trip they had organized, she said, she sat down with Linn and talked with him about going on the next one.

“He is very active in the community, far and wide, to help make people’s lives better,” she said.

The event will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave., Sunday (Dec. 15).

A silent art auction starts at 5 p.m. and the Backwoods Experiment, a local bluegrass band, will take the stage from 6 to 8 p.m.

It will be Knell’s second trip to the Hogar Renacer, or House of Rebirth, where the mission participants will be renovating housing. They also will extend work on a mural that was begun on the last trip – mission participants and children from the orphange painted a tree on a wall of the community building and used their handprints to make leaves.

Those attending the fundraiser can leave their own impression on a canvas being painted by local artist Joslynne Mutchler. The canvas features a bare tree and, for a donation of $1, people can add their own handprints as leaves. The canvas will make the trip to Honduras and be presented as a gift to the children at Hogar Renacer.

Knell said she is looking forward to the fundraiser and the trip, and that the efforts of those involved have been “amazing.”

“No matter what the outcome,” she said, “only goodness can be created with all this kindness happening.”