Teens surrender comforts to help needy in Goliad

July 2, 2010 at 2:02 a.m.

GOLIAD - Sixty-two high school students didn't let the week's rainy weather keep them from helping make repairs to homes in Goliad.

The students from LaGrange, Westlake, Victoria, Austin and Brownsville teamed up to improve living conditions for families in need and build youth leaders. The students fixed floors, ramps, porches and siding. They also repaired screens and windows and painted.

The team from Brownsville had to leave early because of Hurricane Alex, but when they returned home they continued to work by helping board up six homes.

The week's work was part of the United Methodist Action Reach-out Mission By Youth, a national organization founded 27 years ago.

In Goliad, the teens broke up into teams and each person had a role from safety, team leader, gathering supplies, spiritual leader. The adult team leader was in charge of driving and overall safety.

Back at the Goliad First United Methodist Church, which served as base camp, workers prepared meals, created evening worship and program activities and prepared for the next day's activities.

The theme for the week was Surrender, based on scriptures. All through the week the participants were asked to surrender expectations, comforts, cell phones, and time for the sake of God's mission in the world.

"They surrendered so that God's love could pour out of them like the rain from the sky," said Laura Becker, pastor of the Goliad First United Methodist Church.



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