This year on mission trip we completed a vast number of tasks in a short amount of time. We built several wheel chair ramps, built stairs, pressure washed the outside of a church, cleaned up yards, completed literacy camps at three different locations, helped with improving water drainage at a home, and painted a kitchen. While in Marion, we had the opportunity to learn from people in the community about how influential the Civil Rights movement was in this town.

Every single person, youth and adult, walked away from this trip with a lesson learned. As one youth said, “The people in Marion are a reminder that you do not need things to be happy; you can learn a lot from people who only have a little!” Relationships and seeds were planted not only within our group but also with the children and elders in the community of Marion.

— Annie Deaton, Youth Mentoring Team Member