Former grads headed to Guatemala, raising funds Saturday
College students traveling to Guatemala this month are (back row, from left) Ross Julson, Elliot Carmany, Brent Kramer, (front) Heather Esselink and Krissa Kramer.

Saturday night the Hills American Legion will be warmed by the aroma of soup, pie and fellowship.

Area residents are invited to help send two former Hills-Beaver Creek Patriots on a mission trip to Guatemala.

The 10-day trip will take 2010 graduate Heather Esselink and 2009 graduate Brent Kramer to Semuc, Guatemala. Their mission while in the country is to help build a church and visit an HIV orphanage.

The two college students will be joined by friends Krissa Kramer, Ross Julson, Elliot Carmany and Andrew Carmany. The students met through campus ministry at South Dakota State University.

Esselink and Brent Kramer both traveled to Guatemala with the H-BC Fellowship of Christian Athletes in 2009.

Andrew Carmany, a nephew of then FCA adviser Tom Goehle, also traveled with the group.

Elliot Carmany is also a nephew of Goehle. 

Andrew and Elliot traveled to the area in 2011 and were excited to return.

The group decided to organize another trip not only to visit the country but to help the people living there.

Expenses from the trip are being paid with private donations and the students’ personal bank accounts. This weekend’s soup supper and bingo night will be their only official fundraising.

In addition to bingo there will be a small silent auction that includes a log end table, a painting and some painted windows.

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