July 31, 2006
Holy Trinity mission group goes to South Dakota
By Samantha Schommer
The Holy Trinity mission group recently went to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
The group held several fund raisers throughout the year, including a pancake breakfast in November and a Belgian waffle supper in February, to raise money for their trip.
They left on the morning of July 14 after a short Mass at Holy Trinity Church, and returned a week later.
On the trip out to the reservation, the group enjoyed the hospitality of the Blessed Sacrament Church of Rapid City, S.D.
They took some time to cool off at a water park, visit the Air Force Base in Ellsworth S.D., and take a trip to see the lighting ceremony at Mt. Rushmore.
After some fun, the group traveled to their destination, Gordon Nebraska, where they stayed at the Youthworks site while on the trip.
Youthworks is a faith-based week-long mission trip that is centered around the youth serving the community and following Christ.
The students were challenged to step out of their comfort zone and go out to help others.
The Youthworks program allows students to paint houses for two days and play with kids at Kids Club for two days.
Every night, the students got to embark on an activity such as feeding a buffalo, climbing up a mountain, or learning about the native culture.
After an activity and showers, the students worked in groups to make meals and keep the facilities they stayed in clean.
Finally, every night, the Youthworks staff hosted “Club,” a time where the students were challenged to listen to their calling and “open their eyes” to what God has in store for them.
The HT mission group has been going on mission trips for many years.
Lavon Kielkucki has been leading the group for all of them and appreciates all of the prayers and support that her groups have received over the years.
Next year, the mission group is thinking about a trip to Michigan.