Just this past week, the Campion Academy senior class returned home after a two-week trip to Belize and Mexico. Although the trip began and ended with time set apart for relaxation and sight seeing, the main portion of the trip was spent doing mission work at a small Adventist school in Ladyville, Belize.
The seniors worked five days, with a day off in the middle to recuperate and rest up for the remaining two days. During the workdays, students fully applied themselves, and at the end of the week, the results spoke for themselves with the group completing their tasks ahead of schedule.
Because the main task set aside for the group was to aid in the addition of a second floor to one of the school’s buildings, most of the seniors and sponsors worked in construction. This included preparing, cutting, and building the wooden supports that the concrete for the second floor would rest on. With this being the main project, many had the chance to work extensively with measuring boards and poles, cutting those boards and poles, and nailing it all together.
Knowing that the work being done was for a good cause, senior Jordyn. recounted, “Helping build the school was extremely rewarding knowing that kids would soon be able to learn about Jesus and different subjects there.”
Although construction is what most took part in, others blessed the local community in other ways. A small group spent time painting at a different location and one senior even led out in an evangelistic series at the nearby church. This student was Lauren. While talking about the subject of sharing God in a different environment, she commented, “Preaching for my first time in a foreign country was an amazing experience. I was so happy to share my love for God to people that I had never met before. They were so kind and friendly, and I will never forget their own passion for their faith.”
The senior class went on this trip with the expectation of impacting others, yet many weren’t prepared for the way in which it would affect them. Simply being around the kids and building with the knowledge that the finished product would improve their lives had a lasting effect on some. Others were changed in different ways. “Living with some of your closest friends for two weeks in a different country can really change a person,” Carter stated.
While this year’s senior class trip is over, the impact it left in the lives of the seniors and all the people they were able to bless will last for many years more.
[article written by Alex Fazio]