No matter our age, we’re never too young or old to learn from other cultures. Ten teens from St. Joseph parish in Milford, Iowa, discovered this lesson when they took a service trip to the Lakota Reservation in Rosebud, South Dakota. The annual mission trip was founded by parishioner Teresa Goehring and led by Father Tom Flanagan.
“Our primary work [at the reservation] was to paint the inside walls of a small building that functioned as a church for the small resident community,” Father Flanagan explained.
“It is in the giving that the participants also receive,” Father Flanagan confirmed, “perhaps in a new awareness of themselves as part of the larger body of Christ.”
Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul. (Acts 4:32)
Jesus, may we always be generous to those in need.