(Le Mars) — After seven years of leading the Gehlen Catholic Mission Honduras program, Carolyn Bickford is stepping aside. Gehlen Catholic issued a news release announcing Bickford’s intended departure following the planned missionary tour scheduled for early June. Bickford tells how she first
became interested in the Mission Honduras program.
Bickford says after taking the initial trip, she fell in love with the
Honduran people, and felt a calling to offer continued assistance.
Bickford says the people of Honduras are immensely grateful for the Gehlen Catholic connection as students, and community volunteers have traveled to the Central American nation over the years to offer their assistance.
The Gehlen Catholic Mission Honduras official says it is not just the Honduran people that whose lives are enhanced, but those people that participated on the various Mission Honduras trips have had a life-changing experience.
All told, Bickford says she has visited Honduras more than 30 times. Along with Richard Sievert, she has made several follow-up trips to check on the various progress and completed projects.
As to the reason why Bickford has chosen now to step aside from the Gehlen Catholic Mission Honduras program, she says the time is right to allow someone else to lead the program. And yes, Bickford says she will definitely return to Honduras.