Practicing what you preach

The Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester NY) reports on an area priest who is heading to Tanzania to help kids. The Rev. Dahn Gandell, priest in the Diocese of Rochester and 2009 Deputy to General Convention; and parishioner, Deborah Shafer, will join others who are part of Carpenter’s Kids project.

Dahn Gandell believes in sustainable change. The 45-year-old Perinton resident is practicing what she preaches as she embarks today for a two-week mission to Tanzania for Carpenter’s Kids, a foundation run by the Episcopal Church that aids schoolchildren with supplies and other necessities.

“We need to do this,” said Gandell, the rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Honeoye Falls. “The gratitude becomes contagious. And I can tell you this after going there, that this really changes lives. Tanzania is like the U.S. in the 1950s, really very conservative and soft-spoken. Until you can form relationships with people, you can’t confront issues in a really honest and truthful way.”

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