Mission Trip Experience

While some public relations students fill their summer break with sand and sun or internships and grabbing coffee, I have chosen a different path for my downtime. Dedicated to my faith, I have learned that I have a heart for mission work and helping others. In my mind, there is no better way to spend a summer than meeting the need of those both near and far. My first mission trip experience was the summer after my freshman year in college to Rogersville, Tennessee and then the following summer to Piedras Negras, Mexico. Mission work has become a passion and a catalyst for what I hope my future has in store for me.  As the saying goes, “for I do not know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future.”

Piedras Negras, Mexico

In the summer of 2012, I was able to travel with twenty or so members of my church, True Life Christian Church in Mt. Orab, Ohio to serve in Piedras Negras, Mexico. After two flights, one to Atlanta and one to Dallas, my group and I literally walked across the border into Piedras Negras. It was a surreal experience, and only the beginning of the crazy, wonderful things we would do and see in Mexico. We were able to serve at a local soup kitchen run on just $10 per week, spend time with children at an orphanage that serviced more than fifty children under 17 years old, host a Vacation Bible School Program at the local one-room library, and even visit a Mexican prison to worship with the inmates there. Fortunately, a member of our group, Stacy Cox, is a photographer and was on-hand to document the entire trip. The gallery you see below is only a sample of the hundreds of pictures she took over the week, but all photos belong to her and were used with permission. No photos of the orphanage or prison experiences are available, for security reasons.


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