Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Summer Mission Trips

It seems like only yesterday summer was just beginning, and yet our MCH residents have already put in many hours ministering on mission trips and serving the community through community service with their home units. During the month of June, MCH had two different groups of youth serve on short-term missions teams through the Central Texas Conference Youth in Mission program.

Youth from our Waco campus served the community of Mt. Pleasant, Texas alongside young people from Austin Avenue UMC of Waco, Dido UMC of Fort Worth, Good News UMC of Cedar Park/Leander, Mart FUMC and Palo Pinto UMC. Our youth worked tirelessly to build wheelchair ramps, repair roofs, paint homes and share the love of Christ.

Calvin, a Waco campus resident, works to fix a roof.

For Anthony, a Waco campus resident, the trip was a great combination of meeting new friends from other youth groups and serving people in need. "I loved helping clean up this one woman's house. She really needed help power washing the outside and then repainting it," Anthony said. "She was really grateful." The weeklong mission trip was filled with these experiences, in fact, Anthony said there was only one downside - they had to get up early.

Anthony (in foreground), repaints a home with his CTCYM team.

The team from MCH Waxahachie teamed up with the First United Methodist Church of Waxahachie to serve a community in Monroe, Louisiana. Their experience was similar to Anthony's. They served individuals in need by helping paint, rebuild and restore their homes. Working alongside youth from Graham FUMC and Weatherford FUMC allowed them to meet other young people while they immersed themselves in service.

Amy (left), a Waxahachie resident, works with Katlynn, from FUMC Waxahachie, to build a wheelchair ramp.

Special thanks to MCH Chaplain, Steve Heyduck and FUMC Director of Children and Youth, Amanda Sargant for the pictures.


EnglishMo said...

I had no idea that our youth went on missions trips! Thanks to Inside Out and all those involved with making it happen and getting the message out! It will no doubt have a profound effect upon those who went and participated!
Dallas Outreach Office

Allison Z. said...

Participating in UM-Army, as a high school Senior, was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life! I can't wait to hear all the stories from our youth after they return. It is definitely an eye opening experience.
Human Resources - MCH Waco