Crippins spend holidays on service trip
The Crippin family will be spending their Christmas vacation in Brazil where they will give of their time, skills and talents doing missionary work.
Members of the Bethel Baptist Church in Newell, the Crippins have become well-acquainted with Al and Nadine Pierschbacher, missionaries in Brazil for the past 30 years, whom their church supports.
This past summer, son Nick accompanied a youth group from Bethel. The group labored for others as they helped in the construction of a retreat center for missionaries serving in the South American country.
He had such a worthwhile experience; this time dad and mom Dr. Dave and Glee Crippin, and brother Alex, will lend a hand.
The family will be bringing tools for the missionaries, who make their home in For Paleza, to use while serving in the country (the tools are very expensive to purchase in Brazil) and even bringing treats such as the requested peanut butter and jelly for the missionaries to indulge in.
Dr. Crippin, who serves the area as a staff member of the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center and the Buena Vista Clinic, has made plans to spend time visiting with physicians and hospital administrators in Brazil, and will hold a clinic for the isolated people who reside near the new retreat center located in the mountains.
There are hopes that perhaps a relationship can be developed between BVRMC and facilities in Brazil.
The music-loving family will also share songs and spiritual messages while visiting the area.
The family plans to spend two weeks in Brazil and will lend a hand where ever they are needed.