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Galatians 5:13 calls us to “Serve one another humbly in love.” Wednesday, November 7th was Service Day for Bishop Neumann. It was a day for students, faculty, and staff to serve humbly with our hands, showing love and gratitude. Our day began with a guest speaker, Jeff Kanger. Kanger shared with students a journey that began with him sitting at his kitchen table, reading about persecuted Christians living in the Gaza Strip and wondering why others did not help them. In the silence of his home, a voice questioned, “Why aren’t you doing anything about this?” That voice led him to eventually completing a mission trip to the area. He saw a great need but also great joy in those Catholic faithful.
Upon his return to Nebraska, he was inspired to create an organization to help, Brother’s Keeper. Its mission is to help the Christians living in the Gaza Strip while furthering the work of the Catholic Church and the Sisters of Charity. Jeff challenged the students to find moments of silence in their life, for it is in those moments that God speaks to us. In support of Jeff’s organization and their mission, students will have a $1 jean day on Tuesday, November 20th. All money raised will be sent to Brother’s Keeper as a thank you for Jeff spending time with us. At the conclusion of his presentation, students headed to St. Wenceslaus for mass.
After lunch, students began to board busses headed for Valparaiso, Weston, Prague, Cedar Bluffs, Colon, Mead, and Yutan. Others set out on foot throughout Wahoo. This was our opportunity to serve parishioners and parishes throughout the Wahoo Deanery, thanking them with our hands for all of the support they provide Bishop Neumann. We raked leaves, swept garages, dusted houses & knickknacks, even putting up snow fence! At parishes, they cleaned pews and scrubbed floors. Our hands were used in service, but we will continue to use them as we pray for all parishioners who continue to bless us with their support.