Mission 2012: Teens focus on home
There are always stories, via a local church, hospital, or charity, of caring people heading to the dusty deprived areas of Africa or Asia to do some form of missionary work.
But what about the people that need assistance who are living in your own backyard?
“We’ve gone to different places to do mission work over the years, and we’ve seen groups do charity work in their own areas, so a couple of years ago we brought that idea back to Wellington,” said Lee White, one of the supervisors for the mission work program.
Four area churches, the Assembly of God, Brighton, Rochester and Wellington United Methodist churches came together to form Wellington Mission 2012.
“Wellington Mission 2012 is ready to go with several thousand dollars in funding and over 40 volunteers ready to go,” said organizer Rick Hatton.
Residents around town in need of service were asked to send in requests for work they would like to have done on the exterior of their homes.
“My wife, who’s a member of the church, heard about what was going on and called Rick so we could get help with some things I just can’t do,” said homeowner John Repko on Rowell Road.
“Mr. Hatton assigned teams, and each volunteer would go to a certain job,” said youth group volunteer Jeaven Walters, who was working on painting a barn on Rowell Road last week.
“The teams were broken up into four parts: breakmaker, who is in charge of preparing lunch, quartermaster, who’s in charge of tools and reporting to Mr. Hatton, devotions, the person who reads the devotions at lunch, and a foreman,” Walters said.
Although there were adult supervisors and helpers, “The kids are in charge,” said Dave Coley.
At a High Street location, the mission workers were installing a wheelchair ramp for a resident that, everyday, has difficulty simply entering the home.
“We are getting a lot more done this year. Someone came out to prep the ramp so we could get right to work,” said Janell Poe.
“This ramp will change her whole life, she’s confined to a wheelchair,” said White.
A resident of Orchard Lane was elated to finally have his garage painted, as it had continued to deteriorate and he was physically unable to fix it.
“I really appreciate it. I can’t do it myself, I’m almost 91. Really, I’m too old to even be around anymore,” joked homeowner Adam Barwinski.
“He has been really great to us, gave us cookies, juice, and milk while we worked,” said volunteer Holly Archer.
The workers had gone to lunch at the Bursley Road site, and homeowner Bud Wright was standing alone admiring at the newly-constructed wheelchair ramp.
“Talked to my wife and she set it up. It’s a shame to get old. Never thought we’d need this. Don’t plan on stuff in life. Nice bunch of kids,” said Wright.
Sixteen projects were done throughout last week.
“We hope and pray that all involved will be blessed,” said Hatton.
by ADAM FOX