Operation Overhaul Rosenberg, Texas was my fifth consecutive mission trip with Vincentian Marian Youth. Each year I make new friends, learn new things, and most importantly grow in a deeper relationship with Our Lord and His Church. Each year I grow in a better understanding of the faith that I would not experience anywhere else.
The insight of faith I gained this year was one of evangelization. Throughout the week I saw youth giving everything they had, pushing themselves to the extremes so that someone else’s life could be changed. These youth were not just repairing people’s homes so they would be better suited for living, but repairing their homes so they could better understand the love of Christ. In my five mission trips with Vincentian Marian Youth, this is always the case - families, communities, and cities are changed through the acts of service of the youth volunteers.
During my week in Texas I spent time in prayer meditating on Acts 17:6. In this verse the early Christians are described as “people who have been creating a disturbance all over the world.” I truly believe these are the words that can also describe Vincentian Marian Youth. In the many mission trips VMY leads, they create disturbances in parts of the world that change lives back to the Lord and this is the heart of Evangelization. I am so thankful for Vincentian Marian Youth exemplifying to me what it means to evangelize. I believe we are all called to give ourselves to extreme levels to create disturbances of truth with the people in our lives challenging them to bring their hearts back to Christ.