From the Mission Field: Water Zumba

This week on the blog, Nicky the Intern shares about a classic LBH tradition!

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There is something uniquely beautiful about being at a local pool, surrounded by a handful of elderly women, moving to the music with a group of 80 young people as they Zumba. Water Zumba has become a beloved and annual tradition for the LBH high schoolers who spend a week in Monroe, Wisconsin each summer. For those who have experienced it, there is no question as to the epic nature of this aquatic dance. However, for those of you who have yet to try this unique form of grace and athleticism, we have former LBH core team members Blaine Hechimovich and Gina Hackl here to shed some light on the topic.

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Why would I want to water zumba?
BH: Have you ever wanted to be a ninja AND a Navy Seal? Basically that’s what Zumba trains people for. Also, to be a dolphin.

What in life is water zumba comparable to?
GH: Water Zumba is one of the most hilarious activities of which I have ever been a part of. Imagine the awkward kid on the dance floor at a school dance who is just going for it. Now put him in water, and that’s pretty much what everyone looks like doing Water Zumba.

How do I know if I’m doing it right?
BH:If you’re not splashing other people, you’re not doing it right.

How do I know if I’m doing it wrong?
BH:If you don’t cough up water at least 3 times, you’re doing it wrong.

Why do kids continue to love water zumba year after year?
GH:There is something oddly refreshing about getting to be that awkward.

What if I’m on the side of the pool feeling hesitant?
GH:My advice would be, just go for it! The kid next to you looks just as ridiculous.

Any last pointers for a beginner?
BH:Chlorine water is not ok to drink, tie your swim trunks on tight, and remember to have a partner there, like Dan “The Man” Bergs, to keep you focused and driven.

Water Zumba 3Thanks for sharing Blaine and Gina! LBH cannot wait to spend another amazing summer filled with all the unique experiences, like Water Zumba, that come along as you do the Lord’s work.

As we go on… Catholic Graduation Season

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Graduation season is upon us. Whether you have loved ones graduating from college or high school, there are celebrations to be had, choices to face and inspiration to be given.

Thanks to Lifeteen, we’ve rounded up some great blog posts to share with the graduates in your life, or anyone gearing up for summer vaca!
– How to avoid the Senior Scramble?
– What kind of choices will you make at graduation?
10 Fun Things to Do This Summer
10 More Fun Things to Do This Summer

Also, we have a resource to give you. This is the synthesized list (from our spring Regional Gatherings) of GREAT ideas on how to celebrate graduates in our parishes and reach out to them as they leave home this summer! Download your copy of this Graduate Advice. If you’ve got anything to add, be in touch.

To the class of 2014, it is our prayer that you move on to do very great things – big or small – with great love for the Lord.

From the Mission Field: Ode to the Trailer

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Love Begins Here moves every week, from town to town, throughout the 11 counties of the Diocese of Madison. To make this happen, a few years back, we invested in a trailer, in part due to the generosity of our Shareholders.

To become one for this summer and help us support the mission, download this paperwork! We’d love to have you on board.

Long story short, we love our trailer. How much? Let’s let Nicky, the LBH intern tell you.


To help you enter into the poetry, you can watch Nicky, the LBH Intern, deliver her poem here!


If you want to keep the poem forever, download and the Trailer Ode PDF!


Or, just read it here.

Ode to the Trailer

Shiny, metal, parked just outside in our lot.
A part of LBH not to be forgot.
To recall life before, through our minds we must sift
Let us now remember LBH pre-our gift

Friday: Time to move for our next group of all-stars
So, we’ll pack up the gear and put it in our cars.
Shoving supplies in every cranny and nook
Going crazy about how much time it all took

Having to make extra trips to each place
Trying to suppress a very sleepy face
Desperately wanting to recharge for next week
A new way was needed. We started to seek

The answer came soon, a trailer was the lead
But how to make this happen? Help we would need.
To those feelings of not knowing, soon came some shifts
With the generous LBH shareholders’ gifts

Ideal and beautiful, it was the perfect place
To travel with our tools and supplies in one space
And thanking another donor for giving in stride
We put Apostolate to the Handicap on the side

So trailer know you’re essential and ever used
In the work of our mission you have been infused
God will provide there is no need to be stressed.
So let’s hitch up and set out. Lord we are blessed!

From the Mission Field: “Serve local.”

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On Love Begins Here, the Core Team is blessed summer after summer with the opportunity to get to know the raddest middle and high school youth around. Really, they are the coolest kids. While LBH becomes a part of their lives, often we wonder how much of LBH is transferred back to their families. How do their parents understand the mission? What do they think about these local, life changing mission trips?

Today we are bringing you the words directly from a family, whose kids are near and dear to our hearts. (Their son is going to be our only SIXTH year missionary this summer, and the girls are long time missionaries, too!) Enjoy the read!

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“We feel very fortunate that our children have had the opportunity to be part of Love Begins Here. It has become the top event that our kids look forward to each summer. In a teenage world that is more and more about what possessions I have, and what I did for myself and can tell the world about on twitter, Love Begins Here shows teenagers the joy in doing for others. Today we hear a lot about local. Eat local. Shop local. LBH allows teenagers to serve local.”

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“LBH shows that good people can do right here, in our neighborhoods. There are people in need, all different types of need, right here and we see them every day at the library, the bus stop and the grocery store. In terms of summer activities for teens, LBH teaches teens to love God, to love others and to serve. Kids at LBH work hard, but they don’t even realize it because they are enjoying the company of other teens and the inspiring Core Team.”

“The Core Team is made up of great role models and my kids consider them rock stars.  We still hear stories about what Nicky or Bill said, and all my teens then dissolve into laughter. They go to daily Mass and confession with no thoughts of complaint at LBH. It really shows that hard work and doing for others are not things to “dread” or “get over with”, but they can be joyful and enriching activities. It isn’t necessary to leave the continent, or spend thousands of dollars traveling to do good in the world.”

Thanks for sharing Eric and Amy! We are blessed to have families like yours invested in the mission!