July 8, 2018

Mission Week 2018: Living the Truth in Love: The following  testimonies are from youth who attended the 2018 Mission Week. The week’s theme was Living the Truth in Love, based off this passage from Ephesians 4:15: “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of Him who is the head, that is, Christ.” The evening reflections focused on this verse and the promotion of the growth of the body of Christ. That time allowed youth to think and pray about the work they are doing and how their faith impacts that work. Please enjoy what our youth have to share, and may you be inspired just as much as the youth were.

This was my second Mission Week. I felt more comfortable and confident with myself this year compared to last year. Matthew, a Junior Leader from our parish, was in my group, as well as one of my cabin mates, Bella, from St. Bonaventure. I had an amazing time with my cabin mates. Even though I had to leave early due to some medical reasons, I still feel like Mission Week 2018 was a success. I saw God, in the fullest and purest way, during Adoration. I’m not really one to go to Adoration and embrace the Lord, but this time it was so powerful that I felt heat through my whole body, as if I was given a huge hug. I honestly loved the music this year (shout out to Jonah, our music minister for the week)! Overall I feel like it is/was an amazing experience, and hope that more decide to join us next year!

-Julianna Kustra

I went to Mission Week for the first time this year. Going into it, I wasn’t sure what to expect or what my experience would be. As we got further into the week, I realized that it was the right decision to attend. I helped people who couldn’t help themselves, and grew in my faith and as a person while I did so. My favorite part of the week was when we went to Adoration, and we got to sit quietly in the Lord’s presence and talk and listen to God.   – Owen Kostandinu

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