Final Day of Mission Camp: On this our last day of Mission Camp, the day met us with thunderstorms and rain; fortunately, we had inside work planned for the day. After several days out in the community, we wanted to give one day back to St Peter Parish. On Tuesday, we had already worked several hours in the Old St Peter Cemetery and School Playground; today we helped Jackie Schuh, Religious Education Secretary, organize the Religious Education Office and supplies for the upcoming formation year. There were too many years worth of old supplies to go through, organize, label and re-shelve so the catechist could more easily find what they needed for their classrooms. It was tedious work, but we made much fun out of it. The campers decided that even the most boring or tedious work is made much easier when it is shared among friends.
Some camper’s final thoughts on Mission Camp:
At Mission Camp, I learned that we can offer our hard work and suffering towards someone who needs prayer.
Something I learned about God is that He brings people who know little to nothing about each -other together to become great friends.
At Mission Camp I learned that even if the work is hard, I remember that I am doing something good for someone else, so I just keep going. I discovered in whatever I am doing, God is always there to push me forward. I thought Mission Camp was awesome.
Through Mission Camp I learned new thing about myself. I learned I can survive without much technology and that it is good to take a break to spend time with God and others. I also learned I can get excited to do work or help others, and not only care about myself. During the week, we focused on a Bible verse which centered around dying to yourself to grow fruit for the sake of others. I discovered that God really wants the best for us, buts acts through us to meet the needs of others. I discovered that putting God’s plan for others and the world before my own helped me to care and understand them enough to want to help. Mission Camp was a great experience for me to do service in the community, but also to find myself.