Life as a NET missionary can look kind of repetitive on a retreat team. We very often come into a town, do a retreat, then leave. Here is what a day in the life of a NETter can look like:
Wake up early
Hopefully we don’t snooze the alarm because we have to get ready, pack our suitcase, and pray as our morning routine.
Gotta start the day out right with some healthy breakfast to keep us going throughout the day. It’s also a great time to talk to the host family.
Every missionary does 30 minutes of personal prayer for the day. It’s a great time to talk to God and let Him guide our day.
Drive to the retreat
Okay, it’s a 15 passenger van and not a convertible… BUT we feel super cool rolling up to the parish with our van and trailer.
We pray as a team every day to keep us grounded in God and know all our work is for Him and He is the one who changes everything at the end of the day. We might not dance around like these Dominicans, but we have had a retreat volunteer fear coming in because we were singing It Is Good by Paul Wilbur.
We get the space ready for the retreat which includes, but is not limited to: White board, chairs, banners, chairs, copies, chairs, schedules, and also CHAIRS!
Meet the retreatants
We like to mingle with the retreatants first and begin the retreat with some chill fun, including some plunger flipping! Very important part of any NET retreat.
We tend to have some actors and actresses on the team so we do this thing on NET called After Meal Entertainment (AME), but they can also happen at the very beginning of a retreat too. It’s always fun to put on a goofy skit for everyone!
Our talks and small group time is to show the joy of being Catholic and really challenge youth to love Jesus and embrace the life of the Church. It can also get deep. The youth genuinely encounter God on retreat and grow in relationship with Him.
Sometimes God just really makes Himself known on retreat and all we as the NET team can do is sit back and be in awe of His great power.
Yeah, we already prayed, but now we are praying that everything went well and that the youth continue to love God.
Leave the place better than you found it! We gotta put away those chairs, throw away trash, and anything else! Music jam session required.
We usually have some time to hang out and get to know each other! Our team likes to play music, from DJing on Spotify to five ukuleles playing.
Time to go to the next host home
After we finish a retreat, we don’t want to be late, but we also don’t want to wreck the van. It’s our second home, but safety first! We rush off to meet more people!
In the van we have time to just be ourselves, which is sometimes kinda crazy, but crazy all together. We usually talk about our lives and learn more about each other.
Meet the host family
We meet so many new and amazing people every single day and get to tell them about our lives while also hearing about God working in their lives.There have been amazing families who have invited us in and shared about themselves and taken a real interest in us.
Eat more food
Host families cook us the best food and make sure we are well cared for. We especially love vegetables!
Sometimes you meet random people, from alumni to church ladies, who dropped some truth about team life and give us quality advice. We can get into a routine, but every now and again God brings truth to us when we need to hear it!
After our busy days some of us can fall asleep in five seconds. There is never a dull moment when traveling all around!
Good old days
Every now and then we all look at each other and are just thankful for how much we love each other and are excited to be lifelong friends. We love our busy lifestyle and to have the opportunity to reach so many people, but also want to stop and hang out with each other!