For the third year in a row, a group of local church members made a trip several hours south to LaMonte, Mo. to visit the Show-Me Christian Youth Home and to take time to help the non-profit ministry in whatever ways they could. The group included, Jim Scoates, Bob Gilland, Bob and Mary Wetmore, Mike and Isaiah Moser, Taylor Behrens, Frankee Ahrens and Trevor Groebner.
According to Scoates, who has helped coordinate the annual trip sponsored by Cornerstone Christian Church in Redwood Falls, the intent is not only to go down and help the ministry but also to provide an opportunity for members of the congregation, especially the youth, to get involved in ministry outside of their comfort zones.
“Each year we take a few more people,” said Scoates, adding the Missouri ministry is a safe place to take local youth and yet it provides for them an opportunity to see how other kids who do not have the same kinds of things they do.
“I wanted to see how their lives were different from mine,” said Frankee Ahrens, who made the trip for the first time. “I really liked being able to play with the little kids.”
The trip was not all play, though, said Trevor Groebner, who made his second trip to the Missouri youth home this year.
“We worked in their fashion barn sorting clothes and shoes,” Groebner said.
Groebner and Ahrens both said the group also spent a night babysitting the kids so their home parents could have a night for themselves.
That meant being able to play games with them and just spend time hanging out and getting to know them.
According to Mary Wetmore, who made the trip with husband, Bob, the visit gave them an opportunity to put some faces with the name of an organization they have heard a lot about in church.
The church held a fundraiser in advance of the trip and took down a trailer full of furniture, some food as well as a check to help the program.
“The people taking care of these kids who have been abandoned are just lovely,” said Mary Wetmore.
For Ahrens and Groebner the experience, done during the Education Minnesota break was a good one, and they hope to go again.