The annual alternative Spring break trip proved to be an occasion of grace for all involved. The trip began in the wee hours of Saturday, March 5th as we traveled from Mt. Pleasant to Nashville, Tenesee to spend an evening with the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia.
The visit with the Dominican Sisters is always an experience of grace for each student as he or she encounters Jesus in the lives of women who have consecrated themselves to the Lord for His glory and the service of their fellow men. The Sisters, clothed in their beautiful white Dominican habits, are meant to be signs of the Wedding Supper of the Lamb that will come at the end of the age when Christ will come to fully wed His bride, the Church, to Himself. One student told me that being with the Sisters was like walking into Joy, as if Joy was a place!
This life lived in closeness to Jesus and in service to those in need spurred us onto our week's destination in Valdosta, Georgia, where we spent five days working with the Valdosta - Lowndes County Habitat for Humanity on three different houses! We put on a roof, pounded nails, laid tar paper, cleaned out a foreclosed home, painted, and installed windows and doors!
Each morning and each night we prayed, asking the Lord's blessings and thanking Him for His goodness throughout the day. We were blessed with fine Southern hospitality each night as we ate at a different local church. You've never been to the South unless you've had Southern church cooking! I have a whole new appreciation for turnip greens!
Many thanks to all who made this possible through your prayers and donations! God grant you many years!