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Youth bless others, receive blessings on mission trips

Randy Adair

Director of Student Ministries

The youth of First United Methodist Church Garland participated in two mission trip experiences in July 2016.

Our Senior High youth traveled to Mobile, Alabama, where they worked with Raise the Roof Project to shingle one home and tear down, rebuild and weatherize another.

Our Junior Highs traveled to Brownwood, where they helped build eight wheelchair ramps in conjunction with Reaching Others Through Christ (ROTC).

Along with the roof work, our Senior Highs repaired tile in one bathroom and helped fix plumbing in the other home.

At times they experienced temperatures in excess of 160 degrees on the roofs, and the humidity was consistently over 80 percent.

Through it all, our team of youth and adults persevered and accomplished much more than was expected by the agency.

Ms. Webb, one of the homeowners, shared that she did not mind at all the sound of our Senior High youth repairing her roof.

To her, it was a blessed sound knowing she would no longer have to look for leaks every time it rains.

And the Boyd’s were happy to finally have water in their pipes rather than coming through their roof!

The whole experience was incredible. Each day community volunteers met all our needs. And each night, they blessed us with moving and meaningful worship experiences.

Our Junior Highs completed all eight wheelchair ramps they were tasked to complete, despite having to work around a great deal of city bureaucratic red tape.

They were divided - along with youth and adults from other United Methodist churches - into crews of two adults and at least five youth.

From digging post holes, to constructing ramps, our Junior Highs worked hard in cooperation with folks from other groups.

Some residents for whom our Junior Highs built ramps were unable to get in and out their homes without them.

The leadership of the ROTC organization was very well organized.

And the work and worship experiences were amazing!

It was truly a blessed experience.

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