Over the years, the community of Israel Bitumul in Caño Martín Peña in San Juan, Puerto Rico has become a landfill. It’s been suffering from sewage floods and, because of a shortage in resources, it has not received much help.

On Sunday, January 26, 2014 the volunteers from the World Mission Society Church of God in Puerto Rico set their minds of making a change in this community. Dressed in yellow and red, more than 65 enthusiastic volunteers joined the “Proyecto ENLACE del Caño Martín Peña” to make a great impact in the community.

From early in the morning, they cleaned up the community, rehabilitated an orchard and painted a welcoming mural for visitors and neighbors alike to feel the change. As they worked, the volunteers drew the attention of the neighbors who joined them one by one. For eight consecutive hours, the volunteers worked tirelessly until the improvement was visible.

“I’m really impressed. We’ve worked with a lot of different groups of volunteers, but you guys are the only ones, I think, and I say this from my heart, that have been here, even bringing plants since last night and so excited. You have truly done an impressive work,” commented Ana Elisa Perez, Environmental Affairs Coordinator at Proyecto ENLACE del Caño Martín Peña.