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Septuagenarian missionary still going strong

Updated: Friday, September 20 2013, 10:44 AM CDT
Reported by: Kyle Rogers

CAMP HILL -- More than 20 doctors and nurses from a Camp Hill church recently returned from a missions trip in Africa, and among them was 70-year-old Donna Felsburg. 

The team went to a small bush tribe in Tanzania to deliver supplies to a medical center built almost 10 years ago, as well as construction workers building a new elementary school for young children.

“We kind of bring hope and peace to people they might not be getting on a daily basis,” said Tammy Hurley, a reverend who started her work almost 10 years ago. 

Donna Felsburg of Enola returned with the crew Saturday night following her second trip to the region. At 70-years-old, Felsburg was the oldest participant to go to church and her age doesn’t slow down her spirit.  

Felsburg, according to those on the trip, was a bit of a local celebrity. She was coined a nickname by those who live in the tribe that translates into English as “grandma." 

“I just want to be with the people and that’s what I am very comfortable with,” said Felsburg. 

While at the medical center, the members were able to treat over 700 people from the area with an array of health conditions.

While English is not spoken amongst the people in the tribe, local interpreters helped the church members. 

“It doesn’t matter that you can’t speak the language, but you can show them love, hug them, and show that you care,” said Felsburg. 

Taking a little rest, Felsburg plans to visit Greece for another church-related trip in the coming weeks with other members from her parish. 

For more information about the recent missions trip and the Christian Life Assembly, visit
Septuagenarian missionary still going strong

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