Partiipants: Christian Bloomquist, Jorgan Casavola, Frazer Carpenter, Bri Diaz, Ryan Fenton, Rhys Gadbois, Sarah Gluck, Yvette Herrera, Savana Homiack, Manual Jimenez, Logan Johnson, Kim Kyukendall, Shaun Marti, Duncan Mattingly, Stefanie Reynaud, Mark Russell, Becca Sangwin, Alissa Schille, Zach Shields, Stacey VanDyke, Tanis Whittington, Jamie Ebner, Tayla Hodges, and Stephen Marti, Jim VanDyke, Norm Schille, Carmella Barger, Dianne Mattingly, Steve Homiack, Carole Marti and Monte Marti.
A group of 31 participants from Holy Cross Catholic Church in Lake Stevens and Granite Falls traveled to Tijuana, Mexico, to participate in the Esperanza International Project there on the church’s annual youth mission trip. The trip took place from June 24 to July 3.
The group from Holy Cross flew as far as San Jose for this trip, and drove the rest of the way to Tijuana, in a caravan of five vans across the border.
The groups visited an all-girls orphanage and also a migrant camp in Tijuana, where several recent deportees talked with the high school students about their experiences via the deportation process and about immigration issues in general. For some of these men, who had been working in the US for over 20 years, with families, it was a tough discussion and a tough reality.
Funds for this annual mission trip are raised primarily by an annual dinner/auction in May, and the community has been so supportive.