On June 14, some 85 youth and adults piled out of a caravan of vehicles and made Meadville United Methodist Church home for the week.
Almost every square inch of the church was occupied by youth who had traveled eight hours to serve in the name of Christ. The mission team was from the Central Texas Conference and composed of three United Methodist churches from Corsicana, Ennis and Euliss. The team spent a week painting, building wheelchair ramps, repairing homes and sharing the love of Jesus to folks in Franklin County.
Eighteen families were blessed by the efforts of this team and Meadville UMC youth. One of the recipients of a wheelchair ramp for her father said, “I saw all of these children get out of the van, and I thought, ‘Oh my goodness.’ How are they going to be able to do this? But they did a wonderful job. They were a gift from God, and I know my father will be so thrilled.”
The witness of the team even spilled over to the host church. Bubba Gabbert, a Meadville UMC member remarked, “Simple words are extraordinarily inadequate in describing what the CTCYM team did for our church and community. These kids were absolutely amazing. I am always inspired by kids that are as plugged in and as deeply rooted in their faith as this bunch. The Lord not only worked in the lives of the CTCYM team, but especially in the lives of the people they served.”
The Rev. Steve Moss, associate minister of Corsicana UMC, served as the director for the week of mission. Morning devotionals, a noon scripture application and evening worship kept the team “immersed” in a spirit of love as they witnessed in service and word each day.
Word of the good deeds quickly spread and has generated opportunities for ongoing community building and outreach.