Mission Trip

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Mission Trip

The students on a mission trip smile for a picture. They just helped build a deck on the mission trip in Texas.

The students on a mission trip smile for a picture. They just helped build a deck on the mission trip in Texas. "It was an amazing experience," Sarah Synar said.

The students on a mission trip smile for a picture. They just helped build a deck on the mission trip in Texas. "It was an amazing experience," Sarah Synar said.

The students on a mission trip smile for a picture. They just helped build a deck on the mission trip in Texas. "It was an amazing experience," Sarah Synar said.

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Sarah Kate Synar (11) gets ready to go on her summer mission trip in Texas with a group of students from her school. She is nervous as she gets ready to leave for her trip, but she is excited to help others in need. She is eager to help build a deck and see how her spiritual connection will grow closer to God as she serves others. Sarah smiles as she arrives in Texas, hoping this will be a great learning experience and help her grow closer to the people around her.
A group of students joined the summer mission trip of 2019 in College Station, Texas to benefit others in need. The different groups had a variety of jobs to help out people in need, but in Synar’s (11) group they helped an elderly woman build a deck for her grandchildren to play on. Sarah can’t wait until their group finishes the final product of the deck to see the elderly woman’s reaction.
This summer mission trip Synar and many others took showed them that there are many people in need of help and how many of us can take things for granted. On the mission trip they helped out many people that may not have much to begin with. The summer mission trip had a schedule every day they would start by waking up early and working on the deck then finishing with praise and worship. The week they were there, they spent time building the deck and helping each other in their group. The experience of building this deck and seeing how others live their lives was humbling. Synar felt that during the mission trip she was humbled and it was an eye opening experience for her.
“I would say that it really humbled me it really showed me how people live in different areas that i’m not really accustomed to,” Synar said.
The mission trips students take are special and can change the way you view things in life. It allows you to take a break from the first world problems you experience in your day to day life and put yourself in another person’s shoes. People will quickly realize how much we can take for granted everyday.
School chaplain Fr. Duy believes that the mission trips are a very special experience for students to take and how important it is to serve people. In life people can get caught up with busy schedules, but it is important to take time out and serve others in need.
“Mission trips are special because people have the opportunity to be removed from the busyness of life and be somewhere where they can be more focused on things that matter like you know helping the poor and like serving them because sometimes we are so busy,” Father Duy said.
During the mission trips you learn to serve others in need and focus on significant problems that affect others. It is a good opportunity for people to step back from life and not only serve others, but build a connection closer to God. Principal Jim Franz believes that service ministry helps the community grow as a team and build a stronger connection to God through helping and interacting with others.
“Service ministry to me is one of the best ways for students to not just follow a gospel directive but to interact,” Franz said.
The purpose of the mission trips is to come together as a team and help build the kingdom of God. It is an experience that helps you build character through serving others and grow your connection spiritually.
As Synar arrives in College Station she unpacks her bags and meets many new people around her that she later grows close to. She smiles as she meets new people around her and experiences serving others in need. She is excited to come together as a group to serve people and build her relationship with God.