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FROM READERS: Area high school student reflects on mission trip in Nicaragua

By LUKE TROYER/MISSOURIAN READER
July 26, 2013 | 2:27 p.m. CDT
CUMC Youth pictured with their sponsor child, Yoseline. She is pictured in the shirt that reads "Building Hope."

Luke Troyer is 15 and a sophomore at Hickman High School. He attends Community United Methodist Church and is part of the youth group there.

The eyes were bearing into my back as I could see lots of eyes on the other side of the glass. I looked closer and could see a lot of Nicaraguans standing there watching us. I asked Tammy the youth leader what they were doing. She replied “I have no clue, though I’m guessing that they're waiting for their families to arrive.”

Invitation to church service

We are holding a church service at Community United Methodist Church, where we will be sharing more of our experiences and leading a worship service. I would like to invite you. We will be sharing on Saturday July 27 at 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 28 at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. I look forward to seeing you there.


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I realized she was right when we got through customs and walked out the door, not a single one turned to watch us leave. Our hotel was right across the street. It was called Las Mercedes Best Western Hotel. The hardest part was crossing the Pan America Highway. The driving is like New York City. Everyone honks at each other and people run across the road at random points. Once we all made it across we saw our hotel. It was made like a fortress because of all the crime. All around the complex is a wall and the only way in is through the lobby. Also there is at least three security guards there at all times. The hotel was nice except the fact that the television stations were in Spanish.

The next morning I woke up to, my delight, a hot breakfast of bacon and pineapple. Once everyone ate breakfast, we departed for El Crucero, which is the village where we would work at. The views were amazing. The views were like Scotland, my leader said. Once we arrived, though, wind was everywhere with dirt flying everywhere because we had a pile about 10 feet tall to move. I was on wheelbarrow duty, and I took the dirt from the dirt pile up to the foundation where someone was spreading and packing the dirt down. Another part of the group was mixing and pouring concrete. In the three days we worked, we completely did one house's floor of concrete and moved the whole dirt pile and started building the 5th house.

In the afternoon times, we got to meet some of the locals and they all were very happy but their houses were just pieces of plastic or wood with another piece of plastic or wood over their heads. The houses were about as big as my room. Some families fit 10 people in their houses. It was a very touching site because even though they had very little they still showed us what they had and were proud of it.

My favorite part of the whole trip, though, was meeting our sponsor child whose name is Yoseline. We had been sponsoring her for about 9 years. Sponsoring a child is basically where we send the charity Compassion International $36 dollars a month, and that pays for her food, education and other needs that she might need. She was a very beautiful young lady. She was 16 years old and wanted to grow up to be a doctor. She was the head of her class and had one year left of high school or she was a senior. She was very overjoyed to see us and you could see her excitement and happiness shine through her face. She was perhaps the most grateful person I have ever met. I encourage you to consider adopting a child from either Rainbow Network or Compassion International.

We are holding a church service at Community United Methodist Church, where we will be sharing more of our experiences and leading a worship service. I would like to invite you. We will be sharing on Saturday July 27 at 5 p.m. and Sunday July 28 at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. I look forward to seeing you there.

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