Summer Destinations 2019: Eaves serves beyond borders

July 11, 2019


Bailey Spore

Rachel Eaves will be traveling from Maryland to Honduras.

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Helping others and dedicating time to volunteer does not scream “Summer”. For Rachel Eaves, it’s a different story. She will be spending ten days in July to serve others in Copan, Honduras through an opportunity at Damascus Road Community Church (DRCC).

Bekah Davis, a previous leader for the trip at DRCC explains just how eye opening this experience is.

“Being able to give to people and see how much of an impact it has on their lives is humbling,” said Davis.

Mission trips help students learn about other cultures, gain knowledge about other ecosystems, and help serve those who are less fortunate. This has a major impact on both the less fortunate and on the volunteers. Eaves will be working with orphans, building homes, and delivering food to the hungry all while spreading her faith.

Inspiring and teaching others about her beliefs is important. She said, “My faith is my biggest motivator, seeing the impact that I can potentially have on someone in need makes it all worth it.”

This will be Eaves’s first time traveling outside the country, but she will be in good hands. The church volunteers will stay with local Honduran families.

Eaves attends the Damascus youth group, is a Fellowship of Christian Athletes leader, volunteers at middle school youth group, and has helped with Vacation Bible School.

Community members admire her dedication and leadership. Science teacher, Durann Ecalono, and athletic secretary Judi Hardister, as well as others in the community, donated money towards her trip which costs close to 1,700 dollars.

“I’ve seen Rachel participate at church, and her dedication and leadership stands out. I knew she would do great things by helping others, so I was glad to help her in any way possible,” said Mrs. Ecalono.

Hardister strongly agrees with students serving in other countries and thinks it provides a sense of character.

“If you can go to another country and help one or two families, you’re changing the lives of many people to come,” said Hardister

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