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have formed a strong bond with each other as well as the church family in Picayune. We are truly blessed to serve in this manner and are honored to represent our churches in doing God's work in MS and LA. THANK YOU to all of our support team who makes this trip possible each year.
Mission Team Coordinator
Judy Schaefer

First row: Dave Emnett, Don Meador, Kyle Jones, Kyle Kaiser, John Seibert, Scott Meline, Jerry Oberlag

Back row: Deb Meline, Lynne Hannen, Judy Schaefer, Sue Jones, Judy Schnecker, Amy Burgess
Volunteers in Mission - 2017

Another successful mission trip
to Picayune, MS

Our 12th visit to Mississippi was another wonderful week of reaching out to residents of the area. Fourteen team members arrived in Picayune on March 4 to spend the week at the First United Methodist Church Family Life Center, our home away from home. Sunday morning we attended worship together, dined at a seafood café in Slidell, LA and then found our way to the two homes we would be working on during the week.

The Epworth Project is an organization that coordinates volunteers who come to assist families and individuals in need. It is located in Slidell, LA on the campus of Aldersgate UMC. Their efforts over the past 12 years, since Hurricane Katrina swept through the area, have reached close to 8000 clients.

Their leadership led us to Cheryl's House in Pearl River. Epworth provided most of the items for repair and our team did the work as we refurbished most of her house. We painted the whole interior of the house, installed new lower cabinets in the kitchen and painted the upper cabinets, installed new kitchen countertops and sink, new toilet, two new ceiling fans, new front door and rear French doors, and flooring in the kitchen.

Cheryl works the 3rd shift at a sporting goods store and would arrive home around noon each day to find us working miracles in her home. She called us her "angels" and was overjoyed and grateful for all we accomplished. We donated funds to Epworth to purchase a stove for Cheryl and also to continue their efforts in the area.

On Wednesday, four of the team split off to work on a home in Pearlington, MS. Charlie Marquette is the mission coordinator/handyman from First UMC and he had a request for assistance from a lady whose home was on 8 foot pylons. The siding on the backside of her house needed to be removed and replaced. It was quite a job and the men used a U-Haul Box truck as their moveable scaffolding. That job was completed by Friday morning and the four returned to help finish up the work at Cheryl's house.

Four team members came from Olive Branch and ten from Faith Community UMC in West Chester. We have worked together the past 11 years and