"This work is important because helping people to develop their English skills will help to bridge the gap across our cultures internationally," Joyce said. "As a Christian, I feel called to serve in this capacity. It is through education that people are empowered."
The Trinkley-Wolfson family may also assist Callao High School, a 117-year-old kindergarten through 12th grade Methodist educational institution with 1,240 students, and churches in the Lima area through the United Methodist Bishop in Lima.
"When I first felt called to make this venture, I had a good paying job and intended to pay for this myself," Joyce said. "However, I have since been laid off, and now need to rely upon God to provide the resources. This is definitely helping to increase my faith."
The fundraiser will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday April 26 at the Christ Community United Methodist Church at 3474 Stiles Road in Van Buren. Tickets for dinner and the show are $7 for adults and $4 for children. The magic show alone is $2, begins at 7 p.m. and features John Wolfson, Scotty Matthews and more. A silent auction will be held in conjunction with the event. For more information, call 635-6680. If you are unable to attend Saturday's event but would like to help, you can make a tax-deductible donation and send it to the church at 3474 Stiles Road, Syracuse, NY 13209. The family needs to raise $3,300 total for their trip.
"It is our hope to establish some long-term relationships, so that there will be more trips in the future," Joyce said. "We might even have the opportunity to host some guests from Lima here in Baldwinsville some day."