Russell Stager on the Mexico Mission Trip 2016.
Where did you stay while you were in Mexico?
We stayed in the hacienda type home with three families with extremely holy kids. It was great to see such active families in the faith. They would go out every day and share the Gospel, and invite people to Mass.
Why did you want to go on this mission trip?
I want to be an inspiration to our kids, and to other people, and help bring them to heaven. I also wanted to see some really holy people in my vocation, the vocation to marriage. I want me and Caty (girlfriend) to be holy people.
What was the highlight of your trip?
Besides everyone being extremely ready to share their faith, it was great to be around truly poor people that don't have nearly as much as I have, people that couldn't shower for three weeks, holding onto their faith. There was one man that couldn't walk, and has to crawl around everywhere, but loves the lord and is constantly in prayer.
How has your life changed?
I am going to simplify my life and my faith by simply doing what I should do, what God wants me to do. I'm not going to complain about my problems, and I'm going to help people with their problems, not just pray for them or complain about the problems. This trip has instilled in me a desire to bring greater spirituality to the Knights as well, whether as Grand Knight, God willing, or as a member.
In talking with Caty, while we don't feel called to be full time missionaries, this trip has opened our eyes to having a missionary spirit wherever we are, and we definitely want to to go on more mission trips.
I got some street tacos, which were okay. I've had better and I've had worse. No one got Montezuma's Revenge (laugh). All the guys got ponchos. It was great to be with the guys and do stuff, to be active. I've especially grown closer with David (Jarzynka).