July 15, 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.

Mission week was one of the best experiences I have had in my life so far. Over the course of the four working days, my group worked at three different sites. Most of the work I did consisted of lawn mowing and other forms of yard work. I also became a skilled duster while cleaning up an elderly woman’s home. On the last work day my fellow group members and I worked together to paint a woman’s back porch. I saw God a lot during this mission, but the most memorable moments of seeing God occurred at the end of the day when we were thanked for all the hard work my group had accomplished. The people we helped were in tears each day and were so grateful for what we had done for them. My favorite memory of the week was probably the talent show on Thursday night. Father Ken showed us all his amazing dance moves. I don’t know if I have ever laughed as hard as I did that night. Also, I will never forget the night we attended Adoration. I truly felt closer to God that night more than ever before. I made many new friends throughout the week, grew closer to the friends I already had, and I especially grew closer to God. – Josh Reder

Mission Week was a great time for me. I’m so glad I was able to go again. This year I helped with putting up drywall, carpeting, and wood paneling in an elderly family’s house, along with painting a porch and fixing a railing for a woman in need. This program gives me a great deal of opportunities to strengthen my relationship with God and reflect on qualities of mine that can be improved upon to be a more virtuous and helpful member of any project or community I’m a part of. It’s very satisfying using the gifts God has given me to help others. I met up with many friends and made new ones as well. I can’t wait to go next year! – AJ Markiewicz

This year’s Mission week to Enon Valley was a refreshing experience that I will never forget. My group was assigned on the first two days to serve food to the homeless who came to a rehabilitation center. I was really shocked to see how many homeless people there were in the area, and this made me realize that I shouldn’t take anything God has given me, even the little things, for granted. The last two days at our work sites, we helped another group move furniture and lay down a carpet for this elderly couple who weren’t physically capable of doing it themselves. They watched us work the entire time and tried to help out when they could. When they saw our finished work they were so overwhelmed with joy that they were crying. Overall I can say that doing this really impacted my faith in God because we have to live out what we believe in, and we can do that by helping those around us that are in need. Some people might have lost their faith in God because they didn’t get the help they asked for in life, or given the opportunities other people might have, but we can help bring them back to God by being the answer to them. – Christian Markiewicz

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