August 10, 2015
Hi this is Ashley M.! I am going to be a senior at Divine Child this year and this is my first mission trip. My group has been working at a summer camp for child from low income households. So far we have fixed up a nature trail for them and are going to be working on making signs throughout the woods with bible verses on them. Today I played tag with the kids and also grew closer to my work group. It's only been two days but my group has already become like a family! It's not the job I expected but I am really enjoying my time here this far and can't wait for what's in store for the rest of the week!
My friends encouraged me to go with stories of meeting new friends and growing in faith. Though it was not exactly what I had expected, I enjoyed my time spent serving in Charleston. My work group was given the assignment to volunteer at a children's summer camp program for underprivileged youth. I got to know a lot of the kids and grew close to them as well as to my work group. Seeing the children smiling and laughing helped me to understand that you don't need abounding wealth to be happy and that I should be more grateful for all of the amazing luxuries I have. The meals at camp, though better than I had expected, further made me recognize how blessed I am. My group leader, Jeremy, or as we called him, "Papa Oak," taught me so much and opened my eyes to how young Catholics, including myself, do not speak about their faith enough. His energy and optimism (and goofiness) made the week much more enjoyable. I enjoyed the masses and program and meeting new people and having an impact on these children's lives. But most importantly I learned that the best way to evangelize is to show people how happy being a Catholic has made me. Sharing your faith doesn't mean quoting scripture or constantly praying, but rather expressing the joy that knowing and speaking with the Lord brings me. "A Christian is never bored or sad, rather the one who loves Christ is full of joy and radiates joy" -Pope Francis