Samuel George, a Greensburg veteran and son of Greensburg Baptist Church preacher Marvin George, has been raising money to fund a missionary trip to Trinidad. George and his wife Samantha have found the quickest way to donors’ hearts — through their stomach.
“We’ll do some manual labor on the orphanage and school,” said George. “We’ll be with those kids and teach those kids, but the main ministry is street ministry. We walk up to people and telling them the good news of Jesus Christ. We’ll be focused on the love of god and who we are and what we do.”
George said he was not immediately called to do service at the Trinidad orphanage and school run by the family of Ellinwood preacher Buzz Burney and his Trinidadian wife Clifann.
“I wasn’t there when he came and spoke at the church about the mission trip,” said George. “Samantha heard about it and asked if I wanted to go. But the next Sunday at church Clifann did an a capella song and a native dance from her country. It just blew me away; I was really moved by it. I knew I was supposed to go. I came home and told Samantha ‘hey, I’m going to Trinidad’ and she said ‘ok.’”
More than 300 homemade bierocks have made their way from the George kitchen to dinner tables and lunchboxes across Kiowa County in just over one week. The round pastries made with ground beef, spices and sharp cheddar cheese, each put his trip to Trinidad about $2.50 closer.
“I told [Samantha] I was going and she started to raise money without me asking or prodding or anything,” added George. “She just started to do it. The support we’ve received from the community has been amazing.”
He said that they have been making 80-100 bierocks per night during the first week of their fundraiser. “In four days we’ve raised almost a third of the money I need,” he said.
George said that the total cost for his trip, including airfare and travel expenses, will be about $1,500. He will leave for his trip on January 17.
Trinidad will not be the first mission trip for George. He previously took a mission trip to Haiti and said that the experience was eye opening.
“When I was in Haiti, the appreciation for the ‘finer things’ like running water and having food readily available all of the time, air conditioning and comfortable clothes, they don’t have any of that. Yet they are some of the most happy and dedicated people in the world. They are content, even though they know what they are missing. They are dirt poor, but the love of god sustains them. To go down there and help them spread that is a very meaningful and powerful thing.”
Page 2 of 2 - Trinidad, the larger of two Caribbean islands that make up the nation of Trinidad and Tobago, has about 21 percent poverty, though the island economy has prospered since the discovery of oil and natural gas in the 1980’s.
The highest level of poverty is among young urban males, according to the World Bank’s Poverty Reduction and Equality Program.
George deferred when asked about his own reward for his mission work.
“I don’t like to look at what I get for it,” said George. “The personal ministry experience I gain is great, but at the same time I don’t think about what I get out of it. It’s not about what I get it’s what I can do. I think god has given me the gift or preaching and I should take that wherever I can.”
By press time, George may have already reached his goal. He and his wife have been selling their bierocks to friends on Facebook and through word of mouth and were rapidly moving towards their goal by Thursday of last week.
But the possibility of Mrs. George’s tamales and, if we are all lucky, some frosted cinnamon rolls seemed imminent as the couple is committed to continuing to raise money through the winter. “We’re not going to stop. We’re going to keep raising money because the Baptist Church is sending a mission group down to Haiti in the spring.”
If you are interested in ordering bierocks or supporting Samuel George you can contact him at (620) 253-2409.