Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?

6 Jan

People have asked me why I, a mom of two active boys, spend one beautiful Minnesota July week per year on a mission trip. Our group stays with girls and Carmelite Sisters in the poorest region of the Dominican Republic, a very poor country. The girls and Sisters only speak Spanish (I studied French). We do not visit the world famous resorts or pristine beaches. We live with the girls, eat with the girls, attend Mass, swim at the local beach, take a cultural excursion, visit families, and share a lot of good times at a summer camp. I’d like to invite women and girls ages 15 and up to join us this year July 1-9 or July 8-16.

Why Travel?

“This is important: to get to know people, listen, expand the circle of ideas. The world is crisscrossed by roads that come closer together and move apart, but the important thing is that they lead towards the Good.” Pope Francis

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We love the beach! All 50+ of us!

When you travel, you enjoy unique experiences. Breaking from your daily routine helps you gain a new perspective, maybe even a more hopeful one. You make surprising new connections with locals and fellow travelers. Plus, travel is fun!

Why a Mission Trip?

“Find new ways to spread the word of God to every corner of the world.” Pope Francis

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When you join a mission trip, you will connect with people in a deep and fulfilling way – at a spiritual level. You will find commonality with people who are poor for no other reason than where they were born. You will admire people who work for justice in their countries. You will bond with fellow travelers who are experiencing new sights, sounds, smells, and emotions. You will return energized and with a new perspective on your own life.

As Catholics, you experience the global Church in an intimate and profound way. On our trip, you get to attend Mass in Spanish, where you will find familiar and new traditions. The parish we attend is over 500 years old!

Why Teresa Toda Camp?

“Wherever there are dreams, there is joy, Jesus is always present.” Pope Francis

Joenni “Then and Now” – She graduated from High School!

The Teresa Toda Home is a joyful place of dreams. Carmelite Sisters started the home to help girls learn values and skills so they can realize their dreams.  At camp, you help this successful program by providing the girls with values and companionship that can’t come from financial donations alone.

As a Sister Parish, when you come to camp, you’ll be welcomed like family. We’ve been having wonderful times at camp for over 15 years. The Sisters have told us that the girls talk about camp all year long. The driver told us that among all the groups who come visit the girls, they only cry when we leave. It is truly a touching experience for the girls, the Sisters, and the travelers.

Why me?

“Once we come to realize how much God has given us, a life of self-sacrifice, of working for him and for others, becomes a privileged way of responding to his great love.” Pope Francis

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If you are ready to respond to God’s gifts to you with love, you can make camp happen. Camp is 100% volunteer run, supported by the Church of Saint Edward in financial and other ways. No matter your talents and skills, you will make a difference. Most travelers report that they get more out of this trip than they give.

Yes, international travel is a hassle. Yes, you’re leaving beautiful Minnesota summer for the even hotter Caribbean sun. Yes, it’s a unique, unforgettable experience. Find out why over 70 travelers have made this sacrifice to join camp and are glad they did.

Why Now?

Joining this mission trip this year is a fabulous way to celebrate Church of Saint Edward’s 50th anniversary.  This year is also the 20th anniversary of our relationship with the Teresa Toda home where we have camp. What better way to celebrate our long and rich relationship?

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To learn more, join our kickoff meeting Monday, January 23, 7-9 PM at Church of Saint Edward and visit more of his blog site ( http://campamento.blog )RSVP or send questions to me though this blog.

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