Three churches pooled their youth and their resources to aid some of Bossier’s most needy residents last week.
In a joint mission trip, they provided lunch and played games with residents of Volunteers of America’s Independence Lodge, which houses people with physical disabilities. Another group spent the day at the Bossier LightHouse entertaining the children and re-decorating the middle school room at the facility.
Clearview Church and a new congregation Church at Bossier have been partners with Volunteers of America for a while and have a commitment to community service. They brought in more than 20 middle school youth from Little Rock Church in Arkansas for their summer trip.
“We try to build our youth ministry around service,” said the Rev. Lynn Cook of Little Rock Church.
A group of students started their day at Independence Lodge, an apartment complex that doesn’t have many regular volunteers. The group served lunch and played Bingo with the residents. As an added bonus, some of the older students helped a new family move in.
A few miles away at the LightHouse, some spent the morning playing games with the elementary school kids, while others started on the hard work. They cleaned the two-room facility from ceilings to baseboards, and then got out the paint. They even taught some of the older LightHouse kids how to use a roller.
By the evening the room looked brighter and more inviting. They were also painting individual canvases with some of the LightHouse’s favorite slogans, such as “There is no such thing as no homework.”
“I like to help,” said 13-year-old Julia Moore from Little Rock. “It’s fun to paint and make it look nicer. And I like to see how people feel after because they’re always happy.”
Site coordinator Jessica Pfanner certainly was. Church at Bossier has become a regular visitor and she was glad to see the transformation of the space, which serves about 35 students each day.
“It looks awesome,” she said. “I’m grateful for their time – not just painting but spending time with the kids. They already said they have new friends.”
See their hard work here!