Andrew Savored the Experiences

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Thirteen relative strangers coming together with the common goal of participating in something larger than any one of us.
Name:
Andrew Romano
November, 2018
Apostolate:
Sophie's Place in Jamaica

Andrew Romano is a ten-time Mustard Seed volunteer who recently returned to MSC Jamaica to volunteer once again. In a personal blog, he decided to share some of his experiences from his current trip and compare them to those of past trips. He touches upon specific experiences that occurred on his trip as well as reflecting on his experience with Mustard Seed as well. Read an excerpt from his blog below to hear a great personal account of what it’s like to be a Mustard Seed mission volunteer:

This was my tenth trip to Jamaica working with Mustard Seed. It was everyone else's first. Invariably throughout the week I would mention experiences from some of my previous trips. Some wondered aloud if I was comparing this trip to the others. The truth is that I was so in the moment with them, that as those thoughts came across my mind, I simply shared them.

The truth is: there is no comparing one trip to another. Everything about each one is different. Everything, that is, except for overall ethos of Mustard Seed, the children they care for—so much in fact that they are lovingly referred to a residents—have been abandoned once, and will never be abandoned again.

Thirteen relative strangers coming together with the common goal of participating in something larger than any one of us, though in giving we recognize the gifts we are simultaneously receiving. The emphasis this week has been on staying present in the moment and savoring the experiences as they come.

To read more from Andrew’s blog, visit https://xavierinjamaica.blogspot.com

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