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Onken, Scarset create unique bond with Nicaraguian residents

By: Sheila Crowley, staff writer

June 11, 2014

  Josh Onken, bottom left, and Austin Scarset, top left, both MCC graduates, traveled to Nicaragua as part of mission trip. 
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Josh Onken, bottom left, and Austin Scarset, top left, both MCC graduates, traveled to Nicaragua as part of mission trip.
The mission group’s first day entailed going from the farmhouse to the church where they  loaded food bags containing rice, beans, flour, pasta, coffee and oats.
  Josh Onken and Austin Scarset, Murray County Central 2011 graduates, recently returned from Nicaragua. The twosome were part of a missionary group associated with tne ELCA of South Dakota.   

  A mutual friend, Emily Wheeler of Pollock, South Dakota, made mention of the trip her mother and step-sisters, pastor and daughter along with a close family friend, were going to be a part of. Both Onken and Scarset were intriqued by the idea of seeing a different culture and how they lived. “I wasn’t really sure what to expect,” commented Scarset. The concept of the trip was to create relationships or provide companionship to residents of Managua. No one knew what the group would exactly be doing, only that once they arrived, the group would be assisting residents with tasks. “The idea was to do stuff with them,” explained Wheeler. “Not for them.” According her, the idea was to build relationships so when the mission group returns, those relationships would be in place.   

  The venture began on May 27th leaving Sioux Falls and traveling to Houston to catch their connecting flight. However, their flight was delayed which in turn, caused them to arrive quite late on May 28th.

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