By Wayne Allen
August 2, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
A group of 36 youth and adults from Aurora United Methodist Church in New Orleans have been in Scioto County since Sunday completing service projects.
Since their arrival, the group has painted houses, constructed wheelchair ramps and made other necessary improvements to homes that otherwise might not be done.
“We’re here on our annual mission trip. We brought our youth group of 25 kids from grades 7 - 12, with us,” said John Powers, one of the mission trip leaders. He said, there were also 11 adults or counselors that came on the trip.
Powers said the youth group goes on a mission trip once a year to different places, to complete service projects.
He said the group has been to the Chillicothe five times in the last 20 years for mission trips. Powers said leaders of the group worked with the Jackson Area Ministries to find suitable projects in Scioto County for them to work on.
When asked that they hope to accomplish during their time in the area, Powers said, “We’ve been called to make a better life for the individuals we’re working for and that may come in the form of us painting a house or building a wheelchair ramp.”
He said during their time in the area, the group has worked on projects such as wheelchair ramps, painting and scrapping houses and various other tasks.
Powers said he and the counselors have been making the mission trip for a number of years. This is Powers 19th year participating.
When asked why he keeps traveling with the group every year, Powers said, “It’s the love of the kids and the love of what we are able to accomplish that keeps me coming back every year. God has called us to do this work.”
The work the group is doing influences those they are doing it for.
“It changes their lives. My wife (Kathy) posted on Facebook we were getting ready to leave on the mission trip and kids who went on a similar trip 10 or 15 years ago commented how much they enjoyed the trip and what an impact it had on their lives,” Powers said.
Powers said the group will has been staying at Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Portsmouth and will journey back to their homes at the end of the week.
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