Sunday, January 27, 2013

"Go and make disciples of all nations."

Hello family and friends,

I have been blessed with the opportunity to attend World Youth Day in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in July of 2013. 

What is World Youth Day?
World Youth Day was started by Pope John Paul the Second in 1985. The World Youth Day site itself states that, "World Youth Day (WYD) is more than just a meeting that thousands or even millions of young people flock to. WYD is a testimony of a living Church that is continually being renewed. Youth are the protagonist of this meeting of faith hope and unity. The main goal of WYD is let youth know about Christ’s message. It is also true that through them (the young people) the young ‘face’ of Jesus is shown to the world."

My name is Mackenzie Kearns. I am sixteen years old and a freshman at Shasta College in Redding, California. For the past six years I have spent my summers missioning in Guatemala and have fallen in love with the missionary life. I look forward to spending time with the 2 million youth and young adults from all over the world that will attend this event. I am very excited to see the Pope and cannot wait to see what comes from this experience. 

I am currently fundraising for my trip to Brazil this summer. You can help me by gifting financially. No amount is too small and whatever you can give is greatly appreciated. If you are not capable of gifting me financially please keep me, my group, and all of the youth and and adults participating in World Youth Day in your prayers. 

On the side is a link for Paypal. You can donate through that or mail your donations c/o Mackenzie Kearns to: 

Our Lady of Mercy Parish
2600 Shasta View Drive
Redding, CA 96002