However, for those who say there aren’t many constructive opportunities for young people around here with school out, we offer evidence to the contrary in today’s front-page story about the Mission North Bee County effort spearheaded by the South Texas Children’s Home Ministries.
The Mission is made up of students, employees and house parents from the campus, as well as youth members and volunteers from several area churches.
This summer, instead of traveling far away on a mission trip, the kids and adult leaders decided to paint and repair five homes in north Bee County and one home in Beeville, along with the Helping Hands Ministry office in Pettus.
Those on the receiving end of the Mission projects were impressed with the kids and their work ethic.
Pettus homeowner Mary Steele said, “They seem like really nice, polite kids. The people they are doing the work for should appreciate it. I know I do.”
The youths are benefiting from the projects just as much as the homeowners this week.
After each morning on the work sites and being provided lunch, they are enjoying afternoon/evening activities such as swimming, vacation Bible school, a youth rally and celebration block party on Friday. All youths who helped this week will be treated to a trip to Schlitterbahn Saturday.
STCHM officials say they hope to make this an annual event as they have gotten a great response.
It’s encouraging to see that the spirit of lending a helping hand is spreading in the community. It’s also no surprise that the good folks at STCHM are behind this endeavor to generate good will.