Writer Barb Evans
Photographer Bev Simpson
Summer is synonymous with long, lazy days by the pool or at the beach, but for 23 eager volunteers, this summer was all about making a difference.
The group of 10 adults and 13 high school students traveled to Sunzu Village, Rwanda, May 29 through June 10, as part of a mission trip for Arizona Hills Community Church. The task at hand? Help the villagers build a community center and library, and interact with school children through sports and the English language.
“Our goal was to support what is already there,” explains John Lunsford, student ministry pastor, “not to force our Western ways. We weren’t going there to change anyone.”
The group was divided into two teams: an adult team, led by Rick Hayes, and a student team, led by Lunsford. The adult team took on the task of assisting with construction of the community center and library, and the student team held daily sport camps at the local primary school.