Londesborough youth prepares for mission trip to Kenya - Jan. 25, 2018
BY DENNY SCOTT
Londesborough native Lexi Merner will be tackling a completely new adventure later this year when she heads on a mission trip to Kenya.
Merner, who is studying law at the University of Guelph, will be travelling to rural Kenya May 4-24. The trip is organized through the Me to We charity organization, and while there she will doubtlessly have all-new experiences, the trip itself will be completely unique as she tackles it alone.
“I have never gone on a trip by myself,” she said. “Usually my whole family comes so this will be definitely different.”
Merner said she is an independent person and wanted to tackle something like this and, after hearing from a friend about her trip, she decided to go to Kenya.
“A friend of mine, Crystal Ratelle from Grand Bend, has gone on a few mission trips with Me to We so I thought I would check it out and I found one I like,” she said. “Crystal had originally gone on a mission trip to India and said she loved working with the people in the community. She spoke highly of it and had beautiful pictures.”
Inspired to make her own mark on the world, Lerner chose Kenya as a location, explaining that the trip is about empowering women.
“There are different missions for each of the trips,” she said. “Some focus on building, like creating schools or digging wells, but this is focused on empowering the women there by spending time with them and helping them with their day-to-day work.
“I think, as a girl, it’s pretty important that other women around the world are encouraged like we are here,” she said. “They don’t have the same opportunities, but it is nice to help them with what they do have.”
Merner truly will be facing this experience alone, saying she doesn’t know anyone else who’s taking the trip. Between 25 and 35 others, will be working together once they arrive in Kenya.
Currently, Merner is fundraising for the trip right now and, locally, the Clinton and Londesborough and District Lions Clubs are helping her by collecting bottles and cans and donating the funds to her. She also has a CrowdRise site, which is an online fundraising initiative tied to the Me to We organization.
Anyone looking to donate to the Lions Clubs’ drive can contact Carl Merner at 519-955-3596. Those looking to donate online can visit www.crowdrise.com/leximerner
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