Many students spend their Spring Breaks in tropical locations or relaxing with family and friends, but some SPO students offered up their Spring Breaks in service to others. During his Spring Break, SPO Mission Leader Stephen Duraney joined Bowling Green State University students on a service trip to Loiusa, KY. Stephen shares his reflections on his time on mission with his peers.
Several weeks ago I was blessed to travel to Loiusa, KY with a group of students from Bowling Green to serve the rural poor. Right before we arrived a group of powerful tornadoes swept through the area, drastically changing the nature of our trip. Instead of helping the Catholic mission in the area, we were able to serve those affected by the storms.
On the drive to our first work site we looked out and saw the tornado had knocked down almost every tree on the side of the mountain. The houses' roofs had been ripped off, the power lines were down, and the water was out. Psalm 29 came to mind; “The voice of the LORD is powerful, the voice of the LORD is majestic. The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; yes, the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.” Ultimately we must recognize that our plans and will are feeble alongside the Lord's, ultimately we are dust in His hands. Yet He still cares for us, He still loves us; I saw this love in so many ways in our trip to Kentucky.
While houses can be destroyed and plans fall apart, Love never dies. What I learned from this trip is that community is so much stronger than the external structures or organizations we place our faith in. As the week progressed I got to see the students develop relationships with each
other and those they were serving, I pray that these relationships will last and prosper.
I also learned that hitting things with a sledgehammer all day is one of the most fulfilling experiences one could have; I highly recommend it, just not in your own home!
-submitted by Stephen Duraney, Mission Leader at BGSU