First Person: Mind on her Mission

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Lucinda Fritz of Clovis is headed to Chile starting next week for a mission trip to a medical site.

Lucinda Fritz, 16, heads out to Chile early next week for a mission trip. Even with all the shopping and vaccinations Fritz has had to endure to prepare, what she’s worried about most is being away from home alone for the first time.

Who: Teens ages 14-18 with Maranatha Volunteers International. Lucinda is the only teen from Clovis participating in this mission trip.

What: A mission trip to a medical site

Where: Iquique, Chile, a city in northern Chile on the Pacific Coast

When: July 16-28.

Getting prepared: I had to get vaccines, buy a whole bunch of stuff, like a tent and sleeping bag. And of course I had to raise money. We had garage sales, we wrote letters, our neighbors donated, strangers that had just heard about it and friends from church donated.

Lost in translation: I don’t speak Spanish, but I understand some. My mom speaks Spanish around the house.

Job description: I’m going to a medical site. I don’t know if I’ll be working in the hospital. I think I’ll be working with children and the native people there. It’ll be fun to learn the culture.

Electronics ban: We aren’t allowed to take any electronic devices on the trip. We’re there to help so if you take them they’ll throw them out or give them away.

Going it alone: This is the first time I’ve ever gone somewhere alone. But I’m really outgoing so I’m pretty sure I’ll meet people and make friends.

Journey: It’s more about finding my spirituality. It’s a spiritual journey. There are so many things out there. I don’t know what I am, what I want to be.

Future trips: I want to go to India on a mission trip also. I hope that can happen. I’m just going there and helping. That’s what we do.