Every year the confirmation class from St. John’s, Sharon takes a mission trip. This year’s class chose to go to New York city. From July 5th through July 10th they completed mission work in soup kitchens and a community garden. They also took prayer tours as arranged by the Center for Student Mission.
Below are reflections from several of the youth on the trip:
The mission trip to New York City was a special expedition full of memories. During this trip I learned about the unsettling amount of homeless that live day by day without a place to call home, not knowing where their next meal will come from. In our short time in New York, we did our best to combat the issue by volunteering in multiple soup kitchens and praying over the city. All in all this journey has brought the nation’s rampant homelessness to our attention so that we can try to do our best to support these people from back at home.
I feel very lucky that I got a chance to go on a trip like this. I was able to see the good and the bad of NY. I learned so much and was able to meet many different types of people through the work programs. Being able to try different types of food was great also. I loved being at the World Trade Center and the other sites we visited. It was an experience that I will never forget. Thanks for everything.
Recently, I traveled to New York City with my confirmation class on a mission trip. This was my first time visiting New York City, where we saw a lot of the city. We visited Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Coney Island. In these parts of the city, we worked at various community outreach locations, like a community garden, and Salvation Army in Brooklyn, and POTS kitchen in the Bronx, and we prayed for the borough’s residents. This trip helped me to feel grateful for what I have, and to feel for those who are less fortunate. I especially felt this in POTS, where I met whole families who came back for seconds and thirds on the meal we were serving. This made me think about what they went through on a day-to-day basis, where they were living, what the parents did for a living, and how they faced poverty.
It was an amazing experience to go to New York and get to help those in need. It was a great group of people, which made the trip that much better.