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On Saturday June 16th, the youth mission team gathered at FCC and headed out to Hosanna Industries in Rochester, PA. Packing was made a bit lighter with no need to have an additional supply van (all tools provided by Hosanna!!!) and accommodations in their dorm meant no air mattresses or cots required. The team met up with the other vans from Ozaukee and North Shore to caravan out together.
On Sunday the team attended First Congregational Church of Etna in Pittsburgh and went to a Pirates baseball game. The minister of that church, Rev. Dr. Donn Ed, is also the Executive Director of Hosanna Industries. He was on site several days to work along side us on our projects. Each morning during the week chapel was held first thing and then work crews were divvied up and sent out - much like the commissioning of the disciples, the crews didn’t know what they were going to encounter and trusted on the provisions they would be provided and God’s strength to see them through the day (though they did pack a lunch!).
On Monday it was hot! But the team endured the heat and split into the “Bricks” and “Ladder” teams. The path that the Bricks Team completed was done at the Gibsonia Campus, a cultural arts center, that is an extension of Hosanna Industries. The Bricks team paved a path and laid bricks while the ladder team prepped a house for siding by installing starter and trim vinyl.
Tuesday the team tackled working on an entire home together - one crew cleared out the interior of the home (filling up an entire dumpster) while the other crew worked outside, clearing all of the trees, shrubs, bushes and brush to reveal a white two story home hiding beneath!
Though it rained on Wednesday, the team dodged most of it and completely sided a house for a gentleman suffering from a disability that requires nursing care.
Wrapping up the week strong, the crews combined to install a brand new roof on the home of an elderly woman who was in need of assistance. She has been in her home 52 years, but is physically unable to maintain her home and it was in dire need of repair. At the time of this writing the team is planning to pack up and start the trip home on Friday morning.
Reports back to the home base of FCC have been encouraging, inspiring and heartwarming. All of the mission team and everyone who has been involved send out a resounding thank you - your blessings to us have resulted in untold blessings to the Pittsburgh community and the transforming power of God has worked through the hands and hearts of our youth.
Thanks to all who participated in the 2018 mission team’s Auction Dinner! It was a great success, raising more than $10,000 to offset expenses associated with the trip.
Check out highlights from out 2017 trip.