Mission Trips are a way to give back to the community, both here in Ilinois and beyond. Past mission trips have included high school trips to Utah, West Virginia, Michigan and Iowa. There the kids helped rebuild schools, homes and churches ravaged by flood waters, hurricanes and tornadoes.
A group of adults, and one family joined together last fall to help in demolition in Waverly, Iowa, a small town almost destroyed by river floods. Read more below about their mission trip to Iowa.
Digging in and Helping Out In Flood Ravaged Iowa
Mark Scherer organized a group of people from CLC to spend four days in Waverly, Iowa to work as a demolition crew. The crew consisted of: Mark Scherer, his friend Corinne Hatcher, Nancy Mizura, the Ramsey family and Pastor John. Armed with pry bars and crow bars, they tore out walls and floors in flood ravaged churches and a building that previously housed battered women. Removing the floors and walls was necessary, so they could be sprayed with anti- fungus to kill the mold.
Mark Sherer said: The Jewish group that leant their tools, goes around the country organizing demolition, cleanups and reconstruction. I was also surprised at the number of college kids who stayed behind during the summer to help out.
Although the Ramsey family has worked for over 20 years at inner city homeless shelters, Tim stated: “This time, it was harder, more manual work.”
Tim Ramsey said: “While we were working in Waverly, the inter-denominational support was amazing. The Catholic church brought food for the workers, and the Jewish group supplied the tools.”