In our second blog from the MCI South Africa team, Karen tells us why she applied to be part of the team and her hopes for the visit.
Hi, Karen Gillespie here, writing this blog from Villiers Boarding School in Limerick. The excitement for the trip to South Africa is building by the day - next on the to-do list is the dreaded vaccinations!!
I've spent the last few days thinking of why I am excited for this trip and what it means to be part of this team. There are a million and one reasons to be honest. While I was studying Social Care in Limerick Institute of Technology I was interested in asking the question "Why has Young People's Participation in the Church Community Declined?". Using sociology and psychology I analysed it as best I could. All that materialised was the evidence that there is a decline! This learning experience to South Africa, for me, will help to further analyse the issue. I hope to learn about the strong connection between the church and community in South Africa and I hope to assist in recharging and revitialising that connection back in my home town and elsewhere in Ireland.
Being part of this team is an amazing opportunity, all members have a variety of experiences to share. For me, this team is not just going to South Africa and returning to separate and do our own thing. I hope to work with all members into the future. Throughout the experience every individual will gain various insights and knowledge - the sharing of that knowledge and discussion is the part I look forward to. I am merely a drop in the ocean however I hope to cause a longstanding ripple effect for the future of the church.