Your Support Builds Young Disciples
Since the summer of 2009, the AOD Youth Ministry Office has invited teens from parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit to travel to Riobamba, Ecuador, for the missionary experience of a lifetime. Teens are given the opportunity to practice discipleship by working alongside their brothers and sisters in the Riobamba Diocese to strengthen the community.
Teens assist with building projects; generally small chapels or buildings for parishes to gather. These projects, called Mingas, involve the entire community. Children, teens, and elders from the village all come together to work alongside the AOD youth group, making connections and building relationships.
“ One of the leaders from the village said he was sorry they could not repay us for what we've done because they don't have the means, but God will repay us later in life. Wow, how beautiful and moving! These people incessantly thanked us for our presence but I can't help but feel unworthy. We didn't do anything more than what God has asked of us and even that needs no thanks. We should be thanking them for opening our eyes.”
— Hanna Reiter, St. James Parish
“ I thank the people who have given me this opportunity that my family has not got the chance to do. With the experiences that I have learned I can pass it on to them the best that I can.”
— Brianna Rigmaiden, Detroit Cristo Rey
“ Hanging out with the locals and the sisters helped us to learn more about ourselves and how connected we [are] through God.”
— Jack Kuchta, St. Paul Parish
“ My experiences in Ecuador were very eye-opening. I had never been anywhere outside of the country before going there. Ecuador showed me what it was like to live somewhere outside of the country. I got to experience a small portion of their pain and joy through their history, their present struggle, and their hope for a better tomorrow.”
— Joshua Bouldin, Detroit Cristo Rey
It is only through your generous support that these teens can put their faith into action. The yearlong preparation and the Ecuador experience challenges the youth to find ways to live out their faith back home in Metro Detroit.
With your help, we can allow more of our youth to participate in this life-changing experience:
- Pledge $1,680 to underwrite an Ecuador Immersion Experience for one (inner city) teen.
- Pledge $840 to underwrite 50% of an Ecuador Immersion Experience for one (inner city) teen.
- Sponsor a Minga (work project) with a donation of $5,000.00 – $8,000.00 (or a portion of the cost)
A donation in any amount is greatly appreciated.
“I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”