By Emma Graham and Namir Khalaf
From May 11th to May 19th this year, seventeen students and six teachers from Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario, went on a mission trip to the Yukon Territory.
We spent two days tearing down and rebuilding decks at Braeburn Summer Camp, then moved up to Carmacks to do an array of work at St. Jude Catholic mission church in preparation for a missionary to live there.
Throughout our journey, Christ was present in our hearts, and His presence was clearly evident through our work and actions.
While we were at Braeburn camp, we slept on wood floors—with no toilets, no showers—as well as cooked and cleaned and shared chores with one another. If you ask us to describe our experience, we would call it “a life-changing experience.”
We discovered the dignity of hard work, while being vulnerable outside of the comfort of our daily lives. Also, we began to appreciate the smaller luxuries in life that others may not be fortunate enough to have.
Through this experience, we learned much about our faith and the ability to rely on one another, focusing on Paul’s words to the Philippians; “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
Emma Graham and Namir Khalaf are students at Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario, in the Archdiocese of Toronto.