HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 16, 2009 ? Katie Mulig, a psychology major at High Point University, from Hartville, Ohio, recently had the opportunity to do mission work in Cuba.
Mulig, who has been involved in HPU’s Alternative Break program and has attended other mission trips in the United States, says she found out about the opportunity to go to Cuba through Max Kern, who has led many of the HPU Alternative Break trips.
Mulig says the trip was incredibly special to her.
“I’ve always had a desire to go to Cuba, and that’s primarily what attracted me in the first place,” she says. “With my involvement in the Alternative Break program here at school, I’ve also become very interested in construction. I’ve seen first-hand what a difference something like sheetrock or a new roof can make in someone’s life.”
In fact, Mulig’s trip to Cuba was a building trip, so she was excited to have the opportunity to help people in a foreign country in such a tremendous way.
“We worked at the Methodist camp in Cuba, called ‘Camp Canaan,'” Mulig says. “Because Cuba’s government is socialist, the citizens don’t own the land. When pastors there retire, they have nowhere to go. … An apartment building has been built at the camp that serves as a retirement home for the pastors after they retire. We worked on priming and painting the upper level of the building.”
Mulig says the trip was life changing and truly made her appreciate her life in the U.S.
“I was able to reflect on what I have, and the luxuries that I enjoy that I take for granted,” Mulig says. “I was also able to very clearly see the personal freedoms I have that the Cuban citizens do not. … The thing that I enjoy most about helping others is the fact that I’m able to interact and work closely with them.”
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