Reflections: Northwestern College Mission Team (Kyle Cleveringa)

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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 Kyle.....

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"This week has been amazing and one that I will never forget.  I had the opportunity to go into the schools for a few days.  I believe this experience has changed my outlook on education, in a good way.  I enjoyed getting to know some students, practice patience, think through some troubling issues, and even teach a lesson! Opelousas now has a special place in my heart.  I really appreciate the way HFO shows love to everyone.  You guys are doing a great thing down here and I hope to carry some of your positive attitude and love back with me to Iowa.  This trip has allowed me to grow in my faith & think about some things in my life.  You guys are awesome!"

-Kyle Cleveringa, Northwestern College Sophomore