Church youths to do mission work at home 2012.05.02

Written by David Green.

Many Fayette youths have been involved in mission work in recent years, traveling to other locations to offer help.

This year the work will be done at home.

“Fayette has always been a community that accepts everyone and helps anyone,” said Anita Van Zile who is helping organize the event. “With the current economic situation, we believe there is no better time to come together to assist our community.”

Get ready for “Fayette Youth Invasion 2012,” the first of what is hoped to become an annual weekend of local service.       

The six area Fayette churches are uniting to make a positive difference in the community and the surrounding area, and allowing the church youths to lead the charge.

The mission trip is scheduled Aug. 9-11.  Youths and their chaperones will live in the Fayette school during that time and go out each day to designated work areas.

Youth leaders are meeting to organize activities and choose work sites.

“The youth will have a faith-filled experience while at the school and extend that experience out into the village and community to assist with those in need,” Van Zile said. “The team would like to involve everyone who wishes to take part in this experience, as either a volunteer or as a recipient of a donation of time and labor to complete your needed work project.”

Organizers are seeking commitments of assistance in the form of time donated, work supplies, equipment or money.  The level of involvement will be decided by each volunteer. Donations should be made through any of the six area churches. All donations are tax deductible. 

Possible work sites for junior high and high school students and their chaperones will be inspected and evaluated by the Youth Invasion committee. Safety is an important consideration and acceptance of a work site will be determined on a case-by-case evaluation. No youths will be allowed to complete any roofing projects.

Possible work projects could include landscaping, yard work, interior and exterior house painting, house cleaning, the Helping Hands Food Pantry, St. Vincent’s and the Village of Fayette. Light construction projects will also be considered.

To help with the project or to submit a potential work site for evaluation, contact a church or call Robyn Bingman at 237-0019, Vickie Cox at 237-1411, or Anita Van Zile at 237-3019.

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