The Rev. McCarley, and her daughter, Hannah (17 years old), recently returned from a Mission Trip to our Companion Diocese of Colombia. Most of their time was spent in the capital city of Bogota, where they visited with members of the Diocese, and their respective churches, to build relationships and ascertain ways in which our Diocese of West Virginia can be of assistance. Rev. McCarley, Hannah and other members of the Mission Team lived with parishioners of various churches in Bogota. The trip was a cultural immersion experience, and enabled them to understand the political, theological, economic and ecological challenges facing the country. The hope of our Companion Diocese Committee is to sponsor Episcopalians from Colombia to visit our Diocese. In the next year or two we hope to return to Cartehena (on the coast) to see another side of the country. It was a wonderful experience to have the opportunity to worship with Episcopalians in South America. Colombia is part of The Episcopal Church (Province IX), and is under the jurisdiction of Bishop Duche and The Rt. Rev. Katherine Jefferts-Schori.