Diocese of Rockville Centre

2012 Mission Trip to Joplin, Missouri

by Steven Lopez

On the eve of the Joplin mission, I find myself extremely grateful that this is about to be a reality for me. I can’t believe the huge amount of support that came from my family, Hofstra and countless others.  This is my first mission trip with Hofstra and Family Missions, so I’m not sure what to expect, but I know this is where I’m supposed to be. God has such a mysterious way of steering me in the direction of the road I have to be on. If it wasn’t for the amazing trip to D.C. for the March for Life and the recent retreat I was on, I don’t know if my heart would be on fire as much as it is right now.  God was pretty much slapping me in the face with all the hints he gave me about going on this mission. And with Easter behind us, it gave me some time to reflect on the other reasons I’m doing this.

by Kristina Viscariello

Last week, I asked St. Martha’s Parish if a few of the students could speak at their Masses and take up a collection to help subsidize the cost of the trip. They were more than willing to let Cody and I speak at three of their Sunday Masses and one daily Mass. While I was trying to prepare what I was going to say to the parishioners, I realized that I had to let them know that they are doing mission work along with us. One of the parishioners reminded me of this after Cody and I spoke at one of the Masses. We were thanking her for being so generous, and she told us that we have to share. She said that she couldn’t go to Joplin herself, so she wanted to help us get there. We are all called to different missions. Not all of us were called to go on this mission trip, but we were all called to be missionaries. The people who are praying for us at home are just as much a part of this mission as we are. If we didn’t have their support, then we wouldn’t be able to go.

"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."


Missionary Heart