Before the mission trip, I honestly wasn't even going to sign up. As a freshman who wanted to enjoy his winter break at home, I couldn't be bothered to spend another week and a half away. However, after learning about some of the needs of the Long Beach, NY community, and a little encouragement from friends, I decided to sign up. I'm so incredibly happy that I was chosen and was able to join the mission team. The experience was one of the most fulfilling that I've had in my life.
During the very first workday, I was assigned to a family whose entire basement was flooded with water and sand. Literally everything aside from the house's supports and framework had to be removed. All of the drywall ripped off, and all of the electric work torn out. It was a lot of hard work for the entire day, but we cleared out all of the moldy material and all of the sand. Seeing how overcome with joy the family was, I immediately realized that I made the right choice to come on the trip. Bringing God's light into the lives of the afflicted beats out hanging out at home any day of the week.
This day was so incredible that I didn't think any other day would measure up to it, but day after day I was proven wrong. One of the greatest parts of mission work is spending time with the people you're helping. Whether you're helping them drill sheet rock or having a conversation about where they grew up, eventually you realize that you're doing God's work. It's what He intended for all of us; to help those less fortunate than ourselves. I'm so glad I was able to experience this so early in my college career, because I'll never hesitate to volunteer my time for this type of work now. The joy I get out of it combined with the love spread to those we're helping is so great, I'd feel foolish if I did.
-Sean Grealy, Freshman at Hofstra
Our College Missionaries
This blog is by our student and missionaries so that you can learn a little more about our experience on our mission trips!