It takes a special person to travel miles and miles away to devote yourself to God and helping others less fortunate than you are.
Two students from Oak Bluff who attend Linden Christian School — Brooklyn Chambers, a Grade 12 student and Sara Wolowich, Grade 11 — participated in a short-term mission trip to Guatemala through Impact Ministries.
The girls, along with 18 students, two teachers, minister Cam Stephens and his wife, left for the 11-day trip on Feb. 3. It was the fourth mission trip to Guatemala for the school.
According to Stephens, director of spiritual care and campus life at Linden Christian, the trip was open to Grade 11 and 12 students. Sara and Brooklyn were challenged and served extremely hard, Stephens said.
Brooklyn shared an overview of their 11 days and how they were completely filled with daily events.
Their first night was spent in Guatemala City followed by six nights in Tactic and two nights in Antiqua. The students spent three days running a vocational Bible study program they developed and implemented at a Vida school called Chicoy.
They also spent two half-days on a construction project, moving approximately 4,000 bricks to a school. A third day was spent travelling in a truck up a mountain and moving bricks to a church. They eventually had to walk the last 10 minutes to their destination, carrying a brick each.
They also visited family homes, schools, and hospitals, joined in worship and devotions every morning and distributed food and gifts to communities.
When Brooklyn was asked if she would go again, she said "Yes, for sure.
"The work you do is so fulfilling."
A hospital visit was definitely the hardest part of the trip for most of their team, Brooklyn said.
"We visited the only hospital in the province, where most people would have to travel up to a week by foot to get there. Once they reached the hospital they were so ill that the hospital is just a place where people go to die.
"The only word that comes to mind when I think of the hospital is hopeless. The only sound you heard was crying because of physical pain of the children and the emotional pain from the families."
Sara said her favourite part was working with Guatemalan kids. This was Sara’s first mission trip and she’s hoping to attend more.
Brooklyn went to Jamaica with her Soul Sanctuary youth group two years ago. She’s hoping she will have the opportunity again, while attending the University of Wyoming on a soccer scholarship.
Sandra Murner is a community correspondent for Sanford. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.