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Local youth group spends time helping family improve home
Some Louisiana young adults got a chance to help others on a recent mission trip to Rockford, Ill., and came away learning more about the importance of service in the process.
The Ecumenical Youth Group spent July 12-17 working on the residence of Glenn and Andrea Leggo.
There were six young adults, Issy Vieira, Shelby Brown, Maurice Lewis, Derek Keely, Brett Bolton and Benroy Shimotani, and four adult leaders, Anne Narramore, Jerry Narramore, Jean Lewis and the Rev. Pat Glenn who participated in the mission trip.
“Our job for the week was to remove a twostory porch from the home, paint inside, remove wallpaper and paint a foyer. We did additional work on the yard, clearing the fence line,” the Rev. Glenn said.
The adult leaders selected Rockford, Ill., as the location, and the Leggo’s residence was picked due to the size of their mission group.
This is the second year Vieira has attended the mission trip.
“I went last year, and it was a lot of fun,” Vieira said. “It was really hard, but it was still a lot of fun.”
Bolton said they split into three groups. One group worked on the landscaping, another worked mostly inside with scraping and painting and a third worked mostly to remove a two-story porch on the home.
Vieira helped scrape off eight layers of wallpaper and paint the kitchen, study and foyer.
“It made me feel better to help them,” Vieira said. “This will probably allow me to help people more because I know how to paint and scrape wallpaper, and I’ll probably never put up wallpaper.”
Vieira said their wake-up call came at 6:30 a.m., with breakfast finished and participants on their way by 8 a.m. They usually made it to the site by 8:30 a.m., working until noon and taking a break for lunch. They then worked until approximately 4:30 p.m. before returning to the church to shower. Each evening, they had a different fun activity they could do, such as going to see a movie or some other event. The evening ended with a prayer service.
Vieira, Lewis, Keely and Shimotani attended the trip last year, so this year had a couple of new faces with Brown and Bolton.
Bolton said, although they all kind of did a little bit of everything, he primarily worked on tearing off the porch.
He said he and the others working on the porch got that job because they weren’t afraid of heights and could handle being on the scaffolding. Plus, it involved a lot of heavy lifting.
“It really showed me a different side of the whole spectrum. Some people just really need a helping hand,” Bolton said. “It makes you reflect on how you see a situation and how you should see it.”
Vieira said the young people on the trip bonded a lot because they were together all the time.
“We didn’t know what to really expect, but it kind of showed me the community building aspect of it. Within our youth group, we grew stronger. And we realized the necessity of helping others in our own communities,” Bolton said.
The Ecumenical Youth Group will hold an ice cream social at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22 at the Centenary United Methodist Church to share information about their trip. The public is welcome to attend.