REV. MELINDA ARCHER
Father Sandino Sanchez, rector of Cristo Rey Episcopal church in Puerto Plata, heard about Reverend Archer from his bishop. He agreed to allow her to fulfill future requirements for the priesthood under his guidance. She immediately adjusted to her new language and all the inconveniences of living in a rural area.
After a few months, she moved into an apartment and bought a computer and a washing machine. Before long, she was doing everything from tramping through the jungle to visit the sick and dying, to doing the laundry for local clergy in her new washing machine, to chasing giant tarantulas in her apartment.
At St. James, Reverend Archer plans to continue the many programs that take place at the church, including the twice-weekly meals programs and Saturday breakfast and Saturdays at St. James, a combination of a literacy class, Spanish class, a writing workshop, and a strings class teaching children how to play the violin and cello.
"I am very impressed with how members of the parish help those in need here at the church," she says. "Reaching out to the community is what we are all called to do. I am thrilled to be here and be a part of such an effort."
Reverend Archer and her chocolate lab, Simba, live in Roads End.
He has adjusted better to the rainy winter here compared to Phoenix than she has. "He loves Oregon weather," she says. "I am sure I will come to like it too. "