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

WORK CAMP 2010: Mother's Village

The 2010 St. David's Relief Foundation Pilgrimage and Work camp took place during the last week of July and the first week of August in 2010. About 40 faithful and devoted people came from various locations around the globe to work together for the betterment of Mother's Village and make the pilgrimage to Medjugorje. During and after the trip, Our Lady touched each of us in her own special way.

We were lucky to have such a large group of young people working because their energy and stamina carried us through hot days and hard work. After arriving we were split into groups. Some went to the Women's shelter to work on a project removing pavers so that the elevation around the building could be raised for better drainage. Others went to the pomegranate orchard to trim and weed last year's plantings and to plant a new section of orchard. There were other projects that people could work on if being in the hot sun was a problem.

We also had the privilege of attending daily Mass and sitting before our Lord in Adoration. The Sacrament of Reconciliation was readily available in the square outside of St. James Church or in the yard of Vesna's bed and breakfast where we stayed.

The priests and brothers in attendance were so generous with their time and it was a blessing to be able to participate in the daily office with them.

Mother's Village is a truly unique place run by Fr. Svetozar and his devoted staff. This is a place where God's divine providence is not just talked about but relied upon. Being part of this wonderful operation, if only for a short time, was a great blessing with lessons that will live with us for the rest of our lives.

We were also blessed with a great group of people to assist us with all of our needs. Vesna's bed and breakfast provided a very pleasant home base with excellent food and plenty of smiles. Slav and Miljenka helped us see the various sights with the expertise only professionals like themselves could provide. We experienced apparitions and were able to meet with Marija, one of the visionaries. We were able to walk apparition hill and the mountain of the cross. When it got really hot, we'd be treated to outings along a river filled with cool mountain water. During the second week of our stay, we were able to observe and participate in the world youth festival which was attended by 70,000 youth from around the world.
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