MEXICO – More than 200 high school church members are working to repair homes in central Missouri. The volunteers are aged 14 to 18 and come from all over the country.
The group is currently working on 23 houses, building handicap ramps and painting houses. They sleep in Mexico City High School while they are in the area.
The mission group arrived in Mexico on Sunday and will work through mid-Missouri through Friday. The mission is done through Group Workcamps, a Colorado company that has been organizing mission trips for more than 30 years.
A group of Chicago Mission members worked to build a handicap ramp at a home in Mexico. These members teamed up with other volunteers from Rush Hill Church.
Juliana Innocenpini said this mission trip gives her tools and lessons that she will use for the rest of her life.
“It made me change my mind and now I feel like that’s what I should do,” Innocenpini said. “That’s what I should be focusing more on, helping others and helping the community and just helping me become a better person.”
Justin Hagedorn, one of the organizers of Rush Hill Church, said it was very rewarding to help the community in middle Missouri where he grew up.
“You get to see and help people who can’t make it for some reason couldn’t make it and share some of God’s love,” Hagedorn said.
The missionary trip was originally scheduled for the summer of 2020, but due to the pandemic, the trip was pushed back to this summer.
All repairs carried out in the houses are free of charge for the resident. The mission is funded by donations and grants from different churches and businesses.