Trinidad and Tobago recap

The class of 2014 goes on their senior missions trip over spring break.

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As the plane lands to a bumpy stop on a dark, warm night in Trinidad and Tobago, KCC students decked out in sweatpants and chacos lift their sleepy heads among the other passengers, uncontrollable smiles plastered on their faces. Josh Willis says, “Guys, welcome to Trinidad and Ti-swag-o,” meaning Trinidad and Tobago, a phrase said many times before the trip, but is finally relevant. Before long, the seniors were loading buses, headed for a tropical adventure and armed with gallons of bug spray and sunblock.

“My initial reaction was, ‘Wow! I can’t wait to take off my pants!” Tom Gentry said. “Because it’s so hot and feels amazing!”

Last year, the senior class of 2014 was given a choice for their senior missions trip: Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, or Jamaica. The vote was almost unanimous for Trinidad and Tobago, save one vote for Guatemala, and it was settled. The seniors and sponsors stayed with Trinidad and Tobago Urban Ministries (TTUM), on a compound owned by the ministry.

“It [the compound] was a lot nicer than I thought it was going to be,” Mitchell Pivovar said. “There was a huge gazebo that we all sat under and a huge pool.”

  The class of 33 was split into three groups with two sponsors to each group. The first day was nicknamed “tourist day” and coordinator Jennifer Beschew, a member of TTUM, used it to inform the students of the history of Trinidad (religion, politics, culture, etc.). Beschew then took them to a few Hindu temples and showed them around the country.

“It’s amazing, to me, the level of respect and commitment they have for their gods,” Elisa Davis explained. “And it makes me wish Christianity was like that. Like, when we took off our shoes even though the temple wasn’t even open. I just have a lot of respect for their culture and religion.”

For the rest of the week, the seniors paid visits to a preschool, prison, rehabilitation center, elderly persons home, a few schools and shared testimonies, sang songs, and just poured their lives into the Trinidadians. Every evening, the three groups would travel to different parts of the small country and put on a vacation Bible school for a few hours.

“My favorite part was VBS [vacation Bible school] because I liked playing with the kids and stuff. They painted my nails and arms,” Nicholas Beach said.

 

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