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Back from Sri Lanka

Team from Christian Fellowship Church in Ashburn built field hospital, homes.

A dozen volunteers from Christian Fellowship Church returned to Ashburn at the end of March after two weeks helping rebuild in Sri Lanka.

The group helped build a field hospital as well as homes for people in Galle, Sri Lanka, a coastal city that was devastated by the December tsunami. The trip was organized through Outreach to Asian Nationals, but each volunteer paid his own way through donations.

The trip was lead by Pastor Eric Johnson, the church's outreach director. As a licensed general contractor, Johnson was able to help the group design and build homes so well that other relief groups wanted to learn his technique, he said.

The trip was such a success that Johnson hopes to return with more volunteers in May.

"When we came back, people were so excited about it we felt we had enough excitement to do another trip right away," Johnson said. "There's so much to do down there."

Anyone interested in contributing to Christian Fellowship Church’s mission to Sri Lanka can call Eric Johnson at 703-729-3900.

— Suzannah Evans