EMBREE — Monica Wells and Emily Mews are counting down the days to March 7-17, 2013 when they will take part in a humanitarian trip to West Africa.
The two 14-year-old girls have been accepted to take part in the program “Change Your World Global Challenge” offered through Tattered Tiaras, an organization based on equipping and empowering girls. They will be going to Dakar, the capital city of Senegal, with a population of over one million people.
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Rachel Schock will be joined by Emily Mews and Monica Wells on a humanitarian trip to West Africa in 2013.
Rachel Schock is one of two team leaders for the humanitarian trip. She is also the Youth Pastor at the church in Embree attended by Monica and Emily, Glad Tidings Pentecostal Tabernacle.
“Going on the trip specifically what we will be doing is working with organizations that help women and girls in that country,” said Ms. Schock. “They will be working with a deaf school, so the girls will have to learn some sign language. They will also be working with street kids, doing some day programs with them and going to visit a baby orphanage.
“This is basically exposing the girls to a different culture — getting them outside of their comfort zone, making sure they know it’s not just us in the world, but to serve others and be aware of what others go through across the world.”
The girls found out about the trip at one of the Tattered Tiara Girls Nights Ms. Schock has hosted. Ms. Schock says she has always been passionate about helping girls get through tough times in their lives. At these Girls Nights there is a panel that share their stories with girls from junior high to high school age. They address situations in their own lives from break-ups, to divorce in families, drama with friends, depression, eating disorders, etc.
“We share our stories and make sure they know the good ways to get through it and the bad ways to get through it,” she said.