The Sr. High Mission Trip went to Scranton PA between July 27th and Aug. 2nd. The remembrance of a prior year’s trip in the form of a graphic novel by one of this year’s Sr. High participants (Lauren Duhamel).
The Jr. High Mission trip went to Philadelphia PA between July 13th and 19th. The following remembrances were offered by two of the participants.
Philadelphia was a fun trip and a real eye opener to the situation of some inner cities. We did so many things that it’s impossible to write about all of them. One thing that I really liked was Hands of Hope. We split up into groups and handed out lunches to the homeless. Our group had twelve lunches and we gave away all of them within ten minutes. After we gave out the lunches, we walked around and talked to several homeless people. Kaitlyn saw a guy playing the guitar and singing Beatles songs at the end of which he said thank you and goodnight to an imaginary audience. We gave him a real audience to play for and he gave us his youtube address so that we could watch him sing more of his songs.
The last man that my group talked to had just gotten out of the hospital where he had been since March 7th. He was from Boca Raton and came up to Philadelphia to have a rare surgery. We bought him a Big Mac Meal because he told us he was very hungry and we were out of lunches. We also gave him the $13 of change that was left over from purchasing the meal.
I found out that CSM (ed.: Center for Student Missions) has a location in Boston and the Philly trip made me want to participate in a Boston CSM week. I believe that it would be interesting and fun to share Boston with kids from other cities and to make a difference in my home city. –Jack Horsman
I don’t believe I can adequately express the depth of the Philadelphia mission trip, nor fully describe with words. “Your Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.” Now back in the comforts of my new home, reflection seems to surface. Most moving was watching the kids go! And have fun in the process! Further, they embraced the call of the mission – where heaven and earth collide through the gifts we share with the “least of these.” And perhaps, in the process, they recognized when we too are “the least of these,” when our limitations set us back and apart…training ground for forgiveness the seed through which we learn to love. I’d do it again in a heartbeat! Join me next year? –Lisa Hunt