Kentucky Mission Trip 2015

20150720 missiontripFor the 4th year in a row I accompanied the st joan of arc youth group to kentucky for their week long summer mission trip. Nate, Brandon and I were all able to make the trip this year. Our 9 kids and 3 adults while meeting up with 24 other kids, all rode the ‘big-bus’ down this year, which was a first for our small group, having always had our own van in the past.  We stayed at the new mission center at St Stephen’s church in Cumberland Kentucky. It serves as a great base-camp for our efforts.

We were able to work on several individuals’ homes, meeting lots of incredibly nice and humble people that thanked us tremendously. We had a varying amount of tasks through the area. Here are some of the things we all did:

  • Installed new exterior door on a house
  • Removed and replaced 4 windows in a home
  • Painted the complete exterior of a house and most of the church’s rectory
  • Visited a local nursing home
  • Performed some basic repairs and cleaned up another catholic church in a nearby city
  • Helped stock and then distribute TONS of food at the local food-bank
  • Made miscellaneous home repairs such as hand-rails, hanging porch ceilings & patching homes
  • Were all cued up to help the “sisters” run VBS but unfortunately, no kids were able to make it!

Rain kept us down a bit, but it didn’t keep us out. We will did ALOT of great work every day. And with hours and hours of cards, volleyball & swimming, the kids had a blast during free-time.

Thanks sis (Tina) and Rick for being great chaperoning company.

As always, John and Harold lead the crusade, thanks for devoting your entire summer to the mission. And thanks to all who donate to The Diocese of Youngstown as they fund most of the operations and give us a great venue to let our kids do good work.

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