Anonymous asked: Hi! On your Loma Bloggers page you mentioned that your favorite memory at PLNU is your trip with Love Works. Could you give more details about your trip, what you did, the people you met and why it was your favorite memory? How do students get involved in that program and is it expensive? What places can students travel to?
Hey! I feel like there are a million things I can say about this but… First thing is Loveworks is a program on campus that plans mission trips for students. Anyone can get involved and it is well promoted so it’s easy to find out information and get involved if you are interested. They send groups of students all over the world and all to places where we have been invited by a local church. There are trips to countries on almost every continent usually-North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Australia… Also, they vary in cost but my trip was $4000 (it was the most expensive).
I went to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We spent three weeks visiting various local villages and playing with kids, speaking in churches, doing feeding ministries, helping lay foundations for new churches and schools, and just getting to know the local community. Our main mission was ministry of presence.. just being with people and showing love in that way. As a result we formed many deep relationships that we will never forget. Some of my favorite memories are singing songs and dancing with the kids and talking with Pastor Celestin (our host). I don’t think I can say that this trip changed my life, but it was definitely an experience I will NEVER forget. The faces of the people I really bonded with are forever in my heart. I still think about the Congo regularly.
Here’s a few of MANY pics: