A KIND-HEARTED team from Emmaus Mossley has spent five days supporting a Dutch community by taking part in a charity work camp in the Netherlands.
Two staff members and two companions from Emmaus Mossley – which supports formerly homeless people – embarked on the trip to Emmaus Feniks to learn more about Emmaus overseas and assist the community with work.
The team helped to maintain the seven acres of land at Emmaus Feniks by planting 175 apple trees, tending to crops and improving gardens as well as helping to sort clothing and re-stocking the shop.
Harry Barlow, Community Leader at Emmaus Mossley, said: “The trip was a real eye-opener and useful to see how a different Emmaus community operates.
“We really did get our hands dirty but this was rewarded with warm hospitality and new friendships made.
“Each of us got a lot from the visit and we hope to organise future work camps over there for other members of our community.”
Emmaus Feniks opened in 2007 in a former Trappist monastery in Tegelen and supports people who have nowhere else to go and are looking to get back on their feet again.
They run a second hand store, similar to Emmaus Mossley, but they also operate a farm with livestock, fruit and vegetables.
Bruce Mercer, a companion at Emmaus Mossley who took part in the trip, said: “Emmaus Feniks is run differently from the UK communities but everyone is fully committed to the Emmaus ethos.
“It was a truly unforgettable experience to live and work within such a close knit community and to have met people we will hold as friends for life.”
The visit made was part of Emmaus Mossley’s solidarity work to help someone or a group less fortunate than yourself, which is a main ethos of the charity.
To find out more or support Emmaus Mossley visit their website www.emmausmossley.org.uk
If you would like to get involved or donate an item, please call 01457 838608 or visit the store at Longlands Mill, Queen Street, Mossley OL5 9AH.