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Trinity Senior Takes Mission Trip to Uganda

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Posted: October 6, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 6, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Jacey Massetto stops to talk to a little boy while in Uganda. Courtesy photo

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Trinity senior Jacey Massetto joined a missions group this past summer from NorthPark Community Church and traveled to Uganda to minister to children in need.

The organization the church partnered with was Children of the Nations, which is a Christian organization that feeds, houses and educates orphans and children at risk of being orphaned.

The mission of this gospel-oriented organization is “to raise children who transform nations.”

Pastor Bob Hudson of NorthPark Community Church directed the mission trip.

“The group had goals to build relationships with the children and the organization and to help them with their long-term goals,” Hudson said.

While there, the group built a laundry facility, planted 65 fruit trees, learned about their culture, played with the children and even visited some of the children in their own homes.

Jacey Massetto had traveled a few times with many of the same people to Mexico to build homes for the poor and had a desire to travel further and see what it was like on the other side of the world. She found them to be very welcoming and joyful.

“They were so happy just to meet new people and were fascinated with us Americans. They wanted to get to know us; hanging out with them was my favorite part,” Massetto said.

The hardest part was seeing the incredible amount of need, she said.

“We weren’t supposed to give anything personally – only through the organization,” Massetto said. “It was heartbreaking knowing that I could take a couple dollars out of my pocket and help them significantly, but I wasn’t able to do it.”

The Ugandan people had a faith in God that was inspiring. Despite their poverty and living conditions, or maybe because of them, they fully relied on God. It seemed they had no other option but to do so.

That was one thing that Massetto said she learned – “to fully rely on God. They had a faith like I’ve never seen before.”

 

 

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