A Christendom College student writes in an article for the Arlington Catholic Herald that she “grew so much in [her] understanding of Christ’s missionary mandate” during her spring break trip to the Dominican Republic.
Bridget Handy, a freshman at the College, said that “While we had helped them all week by laying floors and playing with them, they had evangelized me all the more.” She continued:
My favorite part of the mission trip most certainly had to be the children we saw every day who lived in the town. Some of them lived in the houses that we worked on, but all of them were in need materially. As the week progressed, we grew close to them, some of us ending up with favorites. We would go to a local field and play soccer and give the toddlers piggyback rides and then carry some, race some and walk with some to the tiny chapel for evening Mass. It was the closest I have ever come to the concept of, “Make a friend, be a friend, bring your friend to Christ.” The incredible thing is that, as I did this for them, they were simultaneously doing this for me by showing me God in a whole new and richer way.
…[The people in the community] put into my heart in one wee kthe seed of missionary activity. It was a life-changing insight when I grasped Pope John Paul II’s words from “Redemptoris Missio,” that “missionary activity is a matter for all Christians.” There I was, in a Third World nation, on a spring break mission trip, being taught more about Christ and His love by these wonderful, beautiful people than I ever would have anticipated. It was a remarkable relationship of evangelizing and being evangelized. It taught me that anyone and everyone who has been baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is a missionary, whether they are in a foreign land or in their own newly cemented home.
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