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H2O Youth Group take part in summer mission trip

By Staff | Jul 9, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED The H2O Youth Mission Team weeded out air potatoes at F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva.

Sanibel Community Church’s H2O Youth Group participated in a local mission trip on June 15-19, with the teens working on outside and inside projects for both the Sanibel and Fort Myers communities.

On day one, the youths dug in at F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva and pulled out a dumpster-load of air potatoes, an evasive weed found strangling the flowers and palms. They also traveled to Hands of Hope Helps Ministries, where they taped and painted the inside of a new building recently acquired. While some painted on the inside, other teens ventured outside to disperse a truckload of mulch. In 90-degree temperatures, the young missionaries persevered and landscaped the grounds of the new building.

Day two had an early start as the group of 30 teens and their leaders headed to the Fort Myers Rescue Mission. They washed windows to provide a brand-new appearance to the buildings. After a short break, the group headed to the Harry Chapin Food Bank in Fort Myers. The youths worked endlessly for three hours packing zucchinis, checking expiration dates, sorting meat, and making meal bags.

June 17 was a special day, where the teens were divided up into teams and worked with widows from the Sanibel church who had various projects that they needed help with. The H2O youths worked on garage cleanups, yard work, shrub planting, furniture cleaning, shed clean outs and lawn mowing. After a lunch break, the mission team headed to One More Child. The teens had the chance to help a foster father with some yard work by pulling weeds, and another group sorted and folded clothing donations. The day ended with a special celebration, including swimming, social time and dinner on the beach.

On the fourth day, the team headed out early and had the privilege of serving at the Riverside Camp and Retreat Center, where the Trailways Camp is held each year. They were divided into three groups: staining the fishing pier, taping and painting a hallway and kitchen in chapel, and painting the bathhouses. From 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – with a short canoe break – the H2O team completed the projects. The group was appreciative of a pizza delivery, compliments of SCC Women’s Ministry.

PHOTO PROVIDED The mission team together at the Fort Myers Rescue Mission.

The final day yielded the highest attendance with more than 40 helpers. The mission team headed to The Gabriel House for a full day of yard work, fire pit building and weed whacking. The youths prevailed through the blazing sun and finished the required projects before the thunderstorms blew in. As they loaded into the cars to head home, there were comments like “this trip was the best trip ever,” “I am so sad this is over” and “can we do this again?” They worked hard and always with a smile.

PHOTO PROVIDED Teens ready for weeding and sorting and folding clothing donations at One More Child.

PHOTO PROVIDED Forty teens and their leaders spent the day painting buildings and staining the fishing pier at the Riverside Camp and Retreat Center.

PHOTO PROVIDED The final project for the mission team was at the Gabriel House.