Saturday March 4, 2017
Our group of fifteen students started our journey into Mullens, West Virginia today. We met on campus early this morning and started down. Already you could tell how well our group was getting along. Most of us, including myself, did not know anyone coming on the trip other than meeting a few times for some pre-trip meetings. Right out of the gate everyone was thrilled to be together and you could already tell it was going to be a great trip with awesome people. After a few stops and about five hours on the road, we made it to the Mullens Opportunity Center. Here we met a few people who worked here and they were more than welcoming.
Three of the employees, along with Fr. Dan, showed us around the city of Mullens. We climbed a hill and through a trail where we made it to the top of an overlook where there was a large cross. You could see the town on the overlook and it was apparent that the city has been through rough times. Then I looked up to the cross and saw the hope that it could bring this town. Even though they may be in a time where their economic status doesn’t look hopeful, the cross shows them that hope.
Although our time in Mullens has just started I am hopeful that our time here will be productive for both our group and for the people of Mullens. Thank you for following along on journey with us. We appreciate your prayers and support.
Tonight in reflection, Father Dan made the statement that “the most amazing things happen when people become purposefully vulnerable…the most incredible relationships are formed.” I loved that. It’s amazing to be amongst a group of people who have become purposefully vulnerable. Most of us have entered this trip without knowing each other, knowing that a shared love of God and service would be enough. Already, the team has meshed. I can’t wait to see where the rest of the week leads us.
Many of use shared our lack of expectations for this trip. The team as a whole is insanely open-minded and open-hearted. We are here and ready to serve in whichever way we are called.
“I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then I said: Here am I, send me.” -Isaiah 6:8