|Children and missionaries together enjoy a game in the school patio.|
Santiago, Chile – Twenty high school students from Canada had
a “life-changing” experience during a recent mission trip to Chile.
The missionaries traveled all the way from their school, Clear Water Academy, located in Calgary in Alberta, Canada to
Santiago, Chile. Their first stop was an underprivileged school in
“The missionaries became instant celebrities with cute kids
in uniform surrounding them and asking them tons of questions,”
said Helen Yalbir, Regnum Christi consecrated woman who works at
Clear Water and accompanied the students on the mission trip.
missionaries led games and activities with the children, played jump
rope and soccer. They also had a chance to work
one-on-one, helping the younger students learn their colors, shapes, numbers,
and letters in English. The missionaries also tutored the older
students in their English studies.
“They were so joyful…They had nothing,
and they were so happy,” said Lauren Taylor, an 11th
grade student who participated in the mission.
According to consecrated
woman Paola Trevino, who also attended the mission, the experience
on last day of the trip was especially meaningful for
the missionaries. They visited two orphanages for children with mental
disabilities. The missionaries played games and spent a few hours
helping the girls at the orphanage make bracelets and necklaces.
Before leaving the missionaries gave the girls gifts they had
brought with them.
|Clear Water Academy missionaries help young students with an activity.|