Boulevard Presbyterian Church will play host to a community rummage sale May 4 and 5 to raise money for the church mission team's 2019 trip to Honduras.
A group of adults and students from Boulevard will travel to Honduras that summer to work on projects being coordinated by Living Waters for the World, said Michael Schmidt, a Boulevard member who is helping to plan the mission trip.
More details of the trip will be determined next month, but participants likely will assist with projects that relate to Living Waters' focus on providing sustainable clean water for communities in need, he said.
Living Waters is a program of the Synod of Living Waters, Presbyterian Church (USA).
"We try to be flexible when we go on a mission trip," Schmidt said.
"On our last trip in 2012, our intent was to help build shelters for animals, but we ended up helping to building homes for families. Whatever the need is, we want to help."
As part of the congregation's focus on Honduras, Boulevard supports the Diamond House, an organization based in Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital.
"Many poor families who are having trouble supporting all of their children will cast off their older male children into the streets because they just don't have the resources for everyone," Schmidt said. "The boys often end up getting involved in drugs and crime."
The Diamond House provides opportunities for these children to learn trades and prepare for a productive life, he said.
"We're expecting to spend most of our 2019 trip in the southern portion of Honduras, but we'll start our trip by visiting the Diamond House in Tegucigalpa," Schmidt said.
The rummage sale will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 4, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5, in the fellowship hall at the church, 1235 Northwest Blvd.
"We'll be using the proceeds from the sale to help offset the cost of airfare for the mission trip to Honduras," said Charmaine Hamilton, one of the organizers of the rummage sale.
"It's a true rummage sale," she said. "People have been donating items, and one person's unwanted item is another person's treasure."
Merchandise will be sorted and displayed by category and will be available for bargain prices, Hamilton said.
The event is being held the same day as the annual Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff community yard sale.
"That draws a lot of people from outside our community, and we're hoping they'll choose to include our sale among the stops they make," Hamilton said.
About 12 to 14 church members are expected to participate in next year's mission trip, Schmidt said.
"We plan it for the summer after school is over so that students can take part as well," he said.
Schmidt and his daughter, Katrina, were among those who participated in the last mission trip in 2012.
The experience can have a profound impact, he said.
"The per capita income at the time, and I imagine it's around the same now, was 600 U.S. dollars a year," Schmidt said. "There have been times in my life when I've had close to that much money in my wallet. To think that's how much a family in Honduras may have for an entire year is unfathomable."
The impact on younger mission members can be especially meaningful, he said, as was exhibited by his daughter.
"She was 14 when we went on the trip in 2012. We were preparing the leave and she was carrying a pair of ratty tennis shoes and a pair of work boots she had brought," Schmidt said. "Just before we left, she took the work boots and presented them to a young girl from one of the families we were helping and put on those ratty tennis shoes to wear on the flight home.
"We worked hand in hand with the families," he said. "They're working right along with the volunteers. You get to know them as real people, and that has an impact."
In many ways, participants in the mission trip benefit from the experience as much as those they are helping, Schmidt said.