Local church hosting different youth in mission effort




Fieldstone United Methodist Church in Christiansburg is hosting a group of youth from Arlington who have come on a mission to help repair a home in need of some TLC. Summer Youth Project (SPY) is a program Fieldstone hosts exclusively in which youth come from all over, according to Erin Johnson with Fieldstone.

The group hosted by Fieldstone this week was working on a house in Pulaski that had been affected by the tornado in 2011. The home belongs to Andrew and Mary Belcher. Belcher said he applied for the program, but never thought they would be selected. “I think it’s great,” said Belcher.

Mende Wentzel, one of the adults who accompanied the group from Arlington, said the kids’ effort is a mission program, and said youth come in every week and work on houses for various reasons, including helping the elderly, those in financial need, those affected by natural disasters, among other reasons.

“Fieldstone is excited to host teams throughout the summer as they help to rehabilitate homes and lives in the new river valley. It is an inspiration to see young people giving of their time and talent in such an abundant way,” said Fieldstone Pastor Jonathan Page.

Wentzel said SPY brought nearly 100 kids to the area this past week, all of whom came from churches throughout the state. She said the kids have worship at night and in the early morning and work diligently from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“This is a way for our youth to realize how lucky they are and that there are others not as fortunate we need to be sure we can share our blessings,” said Priscilla Osterhoudt, one of the adults accompanying the youth on their mission. She said that doing this is a service, and that the kids pay to come and all materials are donated.

Wentzel said the kids have worship at night and in the early morning and work diligently from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information on SPY and Fieldstone United Methodist Church, along with other participating churches, visit fieldstoneumc.org.



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