MINFORD — Accompanied by 17 other mission team members, Tori Reffit, Miss Minford took her spirit of volunteerism to Somoto, Nicaragua on a mission June 26-July 3, 2016.
As Miss Minford, Tori Reffit will be competing in the River days pageant in Sept. Each contestant is required to have a platform, and Reffit chose volunteerism.
“We stayed in Somoto, Nicaragua, which is a little town. We have been going for what I think is our seventh year there. Each year we go to that specific town, but always do something different there,” Reffit said. “I definitely encourage everyone to go on a mission trip, if they have the opportunity to go. My dad is one of the pastors at my church, which is Cornerstone Nazarene in Wheelersburg, and he is the Spanish interpreter for them. He has been going on mission trips to Nicaragua for many years, I believe this is his fourth year, I have always wanted to go with him, but did not have the opportunity to.”
Volunteerism is Reffit’s platform, and missions helped her to fulfill it.
“I became Miss Minford, and my platform is volunteerism, and I have been very eager to go on a mission trip with my church. I was told that they had an extra ticket, and that I could go. This was so amazing, and I was so excited,” Reffit said. “I was raising money for it, and God just really blessed me to be able to have that opportunity to go.”
Conducting Vacation Bible School (VBS) sessions were an important part of the mission trip that Reffit participated in.
“Some of the best things that we did while we were in Nicaragua, were the Vacation Bible Schools, or VBS’s. We were there for a week, and we did one each evening that we were there. We were able to pass out bags of food,” Reffit said. “To see these stressed, poor communities, to see how joyful they were whenever we came there, and were able to give them things that they don’t normally have, things that we normally take for granted here.”
Love transcends language barriers, according to Reffit.
“Another one of the highlights was singing songs like, ”This Little Light of Mine’ and as missionaries we knew it in English, and they were singing it in Spanish,” Reffit said. “They were singing it in Spanish, and we were singing it in English, and it was amazing to see how two totally diverse cultures can come together, and meet at that point because we both speak the language of love, and that God can just bring us altogether by speaking that love language.”
Hector Reffit, Tori Reffit’s father said
“She has volunteered quite often over the last few years, and what she chose to do this year was to hold a fund drive at her school collecting items to take to Nicaragua to give to some of the poorest families in their country,” Hector Reffit said. “She also held an event at our church where she had the other River Days contestants and a group at out church called Nos Ama ( which means, He loves us in Spanish) and we packaged all the items to take to Nicaragua. As Tori’s father, some might think I am a bit biased when it comes to my feelings toward her, but I really don’t think that’s the case. Tor is one of those people, and I am both thankful and proud of all that she has accomplished.”
Tori Reffit said the goal should be to make the world a better place through acts of kindness, no matter where a person is.
“As I said, I really want to encourage people to go on a mission trip. It does not have to be out of the country. I believe that you can volunteer in many different ways through random acts of kindness even, to make someone’s day, or make someone smile,” Reffit said. “I definitely want people not to take what we have here in the United States for granted, and try to make the world a better place.”
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