Reflections: Northwestern College Mission Team (Cassie Westpfahl)

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This past week Hope for Opelousas welcomed its 7th mission team from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA.  The team scraped and painted a house in the neighborhood. Many of them were able to go into local schools and assist teachers and help the students prepare for the upcoming Leap Test.  They also planned and put on a Lock-In for the HFO kids on Monday night.  If there was a way they could serve they jumped at it with energy and a smiling face, encouraging many people around the city.  We asked them to reflect on their time here and we would like to share some of their responses. Meet Cassie....

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"HFO’s slogan is 'Love Changes Everything'. This statement could not be truer. Being here in Opelousas flipped my world upside down.  I thought I was coming down here to give love and to help others.  But, I received the love, and HFO opened my eyes to a different type of reality.  I thought I understood the world, but I definitely did not, and to be honest I probably still don’t.  Being in Opelousas and working with HFO is the best thing I have ever experienced, and I hope to someday get an opportunity to come back. Thanks for everything!"

-Cassie Westpfahl, Sophomore Northwestern College