Mount Marty Students Embark on Service Trip
Nine Mount Marty College students plus three faculty/staff departed on January 3, 2014 for a service trip. The group worked with Habitat for Humanity in Oklahoma City, OK on Saturday, January 4 and will then traveled to West, TX on January 6 to help clean up after the fertilizer plant explosion that occurred in April 2012. January 8 through the 10th the group will wrap up their service by helping Habitat for Humanity in Waco, TX.
Each day begins with prayer together, breakfast and work and ends with group reflection and sharing about what was encountered that day followed by group prayer. Different faiths are represented by the participants.
Trip organizer and campus chaplain, Fr. Thomas Wordekemper, says it's more than just doing work. "Part of the enrichment is seeing a different part of the country, experiencing different socio-economic conditions and working side by side with those who are less fortunate than we are. Each person keeps a personal log of their experiences and reflections of their time on the trip. It really is a memorable, and sometimes life changing experience."
The students will also be blogging about their trip while they are away. The blog can be found at benedictineinstitute.wordpress.com. The service trip is sponsored by The Benedictine Institute for Leadership, Ethics and Social Justice. For more information contact Fr. Thomas Wordekemper at firstname.lastname@example.org.