Lending a Hand in Puerto Rico

Members of the PTS community traveled to San Juan to restore and repair sister school
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February 2, 2018 — Nine members of the PTS community traveled to Puerto Rico last week to help restore and repair Evangelical Theological Seminary in San Juan after the devastation of hurricanes Irma and Maria. A team of carpenters, electricians, and other helpers took part in the first of a series of “Rising Up with Puerto Rico” trips.

The PTS work team was warmly received by Dr. Doris Garcia and colleagues from the Evangelical Theological Seminary. Projects included restoring the chapel, fixing portions of the library, repairing classrooms, and sealing the roof. Additional relief trips are planned for the spring.

Victor Aloyo, Associate Dean for Institutional Diversity and Community Engagement, served as one of the leaders on the trip and spoke of the team's motivation to serve.

“We have been challenged by the gospel to suffer with those who suffer and rejoice with those who rejoice."

Through the joint efforts of the PTS team and local workers, classrooms will be ready when students return Monday for the start of term.

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