Luke Eaton, spotlighted by a shaft of light, smiles into the distance.
Luke Eaton, pictured here in Hulston Hall, led a Mizzou Alternative Breaks trip to Carter County, Missouri, in November 2018. Photo by Sam O’Keefe

Story and audio story by Erik Potter

In this audio story, Luke Eaton reflects on his expectations before going on his weekend service trip, his observations during the trip, and the lessons he has taken to heart afterward.

Mizzou sophomore Luke Eaton left for a service trip to Carter County, Missouri, knowing he would find a different kind of place than his suburban hometown of Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

What he didn’t expect, as he helped sift through the belongings of a teenager whose home had been wrecked by a storm, was how much he would see of himself in the family he was serving and how much that would change him.

Eaton led the Mizzou Alternative Breaks (MAB) service trip over the weekend of Nov. 2–4, 2018. MAB aims to visit all 114 Missouri counties by 2020. Each in-state trip is organized with the help of the local University of Missouri Extension office, which has knowledge of local needs and resources.

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