PINEWOOD - A weeklong mission trip to Nicaragua in mid-March was an "overwhelming" experience for a 2012 graduate of Manning High School.
Jessi Weir, 25, has always been devout about sharing her faith with others.
A member of the Pinewood …
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A member of the Pinewood United Methodist Church and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes during high school, Weir has spent time not only helping her community, but she also lends a hand for those in need in other communities. For the past eight years, Weir has spent a week each summer swinging a hammer with the Salkehatchie Summer Service program. Whether it was repairing a roof in the sweltering June temperatures or installing a wooden floor over an earthen floor, Weir was there to help those less fortunate.
Weir, who teaches physical education at North Augusta's Fox Creek Charter High School, was invited by members of the Graniteville Community Church of God to participate in a weeklong mission trip to help spread the gospel to the children in that Central American country.
By collecting donations, Weir was able to help defray the costs of the trip and pay for items that the group would hand out to Nicaraguans.
"We took a second suitcase that was filled with everything from soccer balls to coloring books and crayons," Weir said. "We took lots of sports stuff and things the children would enjoy."
Weir said that she brought back memories from every facet of her visit. From visiting the garbage dump to attending a church service and from the children's programs to handing out food packets to the village families and playing with the children at the project, Weir said she was moved by meeting the Nicaraguan people.
"I saw God's work," she said. "I pray that we impacted the lives of the children and families that we met like they have impacted mine. I left a piece of my heart in Nicaragua. I will cherish the memories and connections that we made. I'm looking forward to going back in the very near future."
"Dios te bendiga!" (God bless you.)
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