Methodist Group Cancels Plan for Summer Mission Trip to Brazil Due to Zika Virus

Bob Woody (second back from left) of rural Crawfordsville has helped build churches in Brazil as part of a Methodist mission trip six times since 1993. But this summer, the Zika virus has altered his plans. (Photo provided)
Bob Woody (second back from left) of rural Crawfordsville has helped build churches in Brazil as part of a Methodist mission trip six times since 1993. But this summer, the Zika virus has altered his plans. (Photo provided)

Bob Woody of rural Crawfordsville has helped build churches in Brazil as part of a Methodist mission trip six times since 1993, he said.

But this summer, the Zika virus, has altered his plans, a measure that underscores how the spreading continues to birth a burgeoning sense of angst and uncertainty as experts grapple with understanding its link to severe birth defects.

“We really don’t know what the consequences are (or) whether we can get infected there and bring it back and infect more people,” he said.

Woody, a long-time member of Stockwell United Methodist Church, travels with Brazil Partners, a nonprofit international partnership between Methodists in Indiana and Northeast Brazil.

The Northeast Missionary Conference of Brazil’s Bishop, Rev. Marisa Freitas, suggested the team cancel the mission trip this year due to the Zika outbreak.

Woody said he was disappointed. “I have friends there,” he said. “I’d like to see them.”

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SOURCE: JCOnline.com

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