Every year we welcome back a dedicated Volunteer Mission Team from St Luke’s Episcopal Church in Durham, North Carolina. St Luke’s Church has sent mission teams every February since we opened our doors. Due to their versatility, they have undertaken tasks from construction, to painting, to maintenance and tutoring. In addition, they bring doctors for our students and the local community of San Mateo.
One extra special characteristic of St Luke’s mission teams is that many of the team members keep coming back year after year. This means that many of them have formed deeper friendships with students and teachers. You can read more about what Keeps St Luke’s coming back in our blog.
Supporting our students
This year I was struck by the number of our Holy Cross graduates who have been supported by St Luke’s through high school scholarships, and with whom St Lukes keep in regular contact, encouraging them with their studies and through life.
Helping in the school
In addition to visiting with and encouraging the many students they know, the team helped out with the everyday activities at the school.
In addition to helping in the classrooms, an important part of the St Luke’s Volunteer Mission Team are the doctors and social workers that come with the team. Dr Jim has been coming for many years, seeing students in the school and visiting the babies and families in the community. Kim Shackelford, a social worker who has spent many years visiting in San Mateo, also returned to reconnect with families and offer help.
Two schools connect
A few years ago, Ms Peggy Freer, a member of St Luke, who is a school music teacher came to Holy Cross and wrote the School Song for Holy Cross. She also wrote the school song for her school in Raleigh, North Carolina. An extra special part of the St Luke’s Mission Trip this year was to use Skype to connect a Holy Cross class with Ms Peggy’s class in North Carolina. They sang their respective songs, asked questions and enjoyed chatting.
You can read more about St Luke’s previous mission teams in their blog, here.