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February 25, 2013

Mission of Hope both painful and rewarding


Despite the fact that the people the mission helps have so little, their faith is extraordinary, she said.

“It’s a very hopeful culture here.”


This is the second mission for Grace Leader, a 15-year-old from Gouverneur.

“I think it’s a lot better that I’m older now,” she said. “I see things in a deeper way.”

Children now learn lessons in the classrooms she painted on her last mission, she said.

She painted one of the children’s nursery rooms on Friday and helped repair holes in the walls and windows, she said.

After her first mission trip, Leader shared her experiences with her classmates, but it was difficult for them to understand, she said.

The last time she was in Nicaragua, she made friends with a Nicaraguan boy named Freddie.

“All week, I had been looking for him, and I hadn’t seen him at all.”

Then, when she was sitting in the yard of Mission of Hope’s Ni-Casa compound, someone came up behind her and put his hands over her eyes.

“It was that same little boy, and he was so happy to see me and held my hand the whole day.”

Meaningful relationships are formed on both ends, Leader said.

“It’s so great that they remember you, too.”

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