"So it is with faith: if it is alone and includes no actions, then it is dead."
James 2:17

WORK CAMP 2008: Medjugorje

On July 24, 2008, forty-seven enthusiastic American volunteers arrived in Medjugorje to participate in St. David's Relief Foundation 2008 Volunteer Work Camp. During the first week, the volunteers participated in two different work projects in Medjugorje, consisting of (1) installing electric lights on the pathway leading up Apparition Hill and (2) assisting in the construction of a new dining facility to serve the Merciful Father Community.

Merciful Father Community is drug rehabilitation center located in Mother's Village. The Community was founded in 1999 through the initiative of Father Slavko Barbaric. It is a Franciscan project that aims to help young men who have problems with drug addiction, gambling and alcohol. The three-year recovery program is based on prayer, physical work, obedience and building self confidence and trust among the people and their environment. This year's work camp volunteers were allowed to work side by side with the young men from the Community. The bonding and friendships that developed between the work camp volunteers and the men from the Community was truly an unexpected blessing.

The second week of the work camp coincided with the annual Medjugorje Youth Festival. Over forty thousand young men and women from all over the world descended on Medjugorje during first week in August. Witnessing the faith of these young Christians during their outdoor mass was an awe-inspiring experience for the work camp volunteers. Another highlight from the second week was the witnessing of an apparition by Our Lady with Marija.

On August 7, 2008 the forty-seven tired but spiritually enriched volunteers boarded a bus to begin the trip back to America.
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