Year 11 Ministry Outreach

Aug 29, 2016

There is a large portion of our society which is fixated and obsessed with the lives of the people that the media would consider “famous” or brand as a “celebrity.” Some of the people who are given this name quite rightfully deserve it however, there are some people who receive such attention and merely wish to ignore and only want to live their life which in reality seems quite reasonable. Yet, it is the lives of those who are not made public are the ones that really matter, the people who go to work every day simply wishing to make a difference. To perform acts of justice in an unjust world just so that they may make the lives of someone else’s life that little bit better. Even if it is for a day.

Now it is these people who are at the heart of Ministry Outreach. Without them each person who participated in Ministry Outreach would not have been able to participate in such a wonderful and life changing event.

On the 3rd – 8th of July a group of approximately 40 students participated in this programme which took all of us on a journey that we were not prepared for. Each student and teacher were unaware of what was going to occur throughout the week however, by the end of it none of us wished to leave. Over the five days we were all able to call St Scholastica’s in Glebe our new home. Throughout the week, the large group split into eight smaller ones, one person as a representative from each Good Samaritan school. From the 4th – 7th of July we were all given two service sites which we visited, two days per site.

July 1 july 2 July 3At each of the sites we were all given a series of jobs which we were asked to complete in a specific time period. At “House with No Steps” I spent most of my time cleaning shampoo samples and packing small booklets into boxes, jobs that I would have never even dreamed of existing. Whilst at “Foodbank” we split off into pairs and were sent to pack orders. Each activity that we were asked to participate and complete allowed all of us to appreciate our lives and truly understand what life is like for the people who are not given the real recognition that they deserve. It gave us the opportunity to apply our two central mottos for the week which were “to experience a simple life” and to have a “warm heart and soft eyes.” It truly gave me the chance to see what lies at the foundation of a society who is in so much need for help, appreciating every little act performed by the people I met throughout the week.

Further in light of our “living simply” motto on the Wednesday night of the week we all completed a $10 dinner challenge. At first it seemed impossible however, our service group solved this issue quickly as we purchased a few ‘ingredients’ from Woolworths and created chicken wraps as we walked around the city. In this moment, you had no worry and you merely enjoyed the experience which then revealed to me that even if you don’t have every luxury in the world you can still build a life for yourself and enjoy the journey that life wishes to take you on.

It is an immersion that pushes you, extends you, and forces you to reach beyond your comfort zone; it stirs your core values like never before. You are able to visit places where you can lend a helping hand, make lives easier for those around you and meet some amazing like-minded people, who you know you will keep as friends for the rest of your life. You experience what life is like for those who are less fortunate and the experience sheds light upon those who complete acts of goodness without wanting any recognition.

Alexia Nastatos
Rosebank College 2016