As AHN’s mission trips quickly approach, each of the trips have been preparing for their volunteer work in different ways.
The Appalachia mission trip held a sleepover at leader Sam Garateix’s house on Feb. 18. At the sleepover the girls got to know their leaders better by asking them personal questions, and if the leaders answered incorrectly they were pied in the face.
The girls also made nicknames for each other and decorated t-shirts.
Summer Wolf (‘19) said, “I mainly enjoyed making new friends that I will enjoy spending a week with.”
The Costa Rican mission trip has had a bake sale and several meetings to discuss other fundraising opportunities to raise the funds necessary to help the CREAR foundation.
Julia Lee (‘18) said, “Most of the people on our trip are new and only around five to six girls went on the trip last year so it is difficult to bond when we are all coming from different places, but I think working on the bake sale and fundraising together has made us a little closer.”
The Nicaraguan Mission Trip holds meetings every Thursday during lunch to discuss the mission trip.
They are holding a clothing and toy drive to benefit Nicaraguan Catholic Charities.
“None of us know what to expect so we are all bonding over this new experience,” said Emma Heston (‘18).
Mississippi is holding a pre-mission trip barbecue picnic for the missionaries and their families on Sunday, Mar. 4.
Hannah Rodriguez (’19) says, “I think it is a great way to combine food, fun and bonding for our trip.”
Some mission trips like the Dominican Republic hold prayer services and shoe collections, while others like Scranton prepare by breaking out their winter coats for the cold trip ahead.
One preparation method that every mission trip has in common is that they all prayer together in the chapel at what they call ‘spiritual preparation.’ At these spiritual preparation’s the girls hear personal stories from some senior missionaries about how God plays a role in each trip.