We are very excited to announce our first Marylhurst University Mission trip! We will be taking a small group of students, staff, faculty, alumns, and friends of the university to Jonestown, Mississippi. The trip will be during Spring Break, March 23-30. (We are thinking we’ll leave on Saturday and return the following Saturday — but we may shift to Sunday if air fair is significantly cheaper.) The estimated cost of the trip is $1,300 which includes air fair, motel, ground transportation, and simple meals. Students may take this trip as a 3 credit course, which will require additional work once we return from the trip.
The purpose of the trip is for members of the Marylhurst community to engage in direct service with the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. Our time in Mississippi will be spent working with the sisters in their mission of service to the people of Mississippi. We will do some of the following: gardening, house painting, tutoring, visiting with the elderly. We’ll spend time working, reflecting on our experience, and sharing our experiences with one another. We’ll also have the opportunity to see a bit of the Delta and of course we’ll check out Memphis!
Jonestown is a small town and it is one of the poorest communities in the United States. Our sisters have been there for over twenty five years!
Currently our sisters run four programs in Mississippi — two in Jonestown and two in nearby Tutwiler. Our time will be spent in Jonestown, but we will be sure to take time to visit the Tutwiler community as well.
I’ve attached links to the websites and/or newsletters for the four ministry sites — take a look.