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H2O Youth Group highlights Monday Mission

By Staff | Jul 23, 2020
PHOTO PROVIDED Audrey Mulka, leader Rick Zurbriggen, Sofi Lee Varmuza, Lenka Franova, Anna Anderson-Kilgore, Ava Selby, leader Julia Senkeleski and Siena Lodwick search for air potatoes at F.I.S.H.
PHOTO PROVIDED Chase Nave, Tyler Ulrich, Santiago Falkenhagen, Kristian Schafer and leader Faye Cole rake, move and spread mulch at the Hands of Hope Helps Ministry.
PHOTO PROVIDED David Baker and Karsten Schafer paint the wall at the Hands of Hope Helps Ministry.
PHOTO PROVIDED Chase Nave and Kristian Schafer with removed air potatoes.
PHOTO PROVIDED Case Vandevelde and Abi St. Gean move mulch at the Hands of Hope Helps Ministry.

On June 15, Sanibel Community Church’s H2O Youth Group served the Sanibel and Fort Myers communities. In the morning, the teens zipped off to F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva to begin some yard clean up. President Maggi Feiner gave a brief update on what F.I.S.H. does and then explained to the teens that the project was to pick air potatoes, an evasive vine that smothers Florida tropical plants.

The teens split up into small groups and attacked the perimeter searching for the heart-shaped leaf. There was tons of yanking, digging and pulling of the air potatoes. Two hours later, the dumpster was overflowing with the vines. F.I.S.H rewarded the efforts with a pizza lunch. During lunch, the students – in groups of three – were given a tour of the facility. The teens had a blast serving the food bank.

After the short lunch break, the group loaded back into the vehicles and headed to Fort Myers for its next service project at Hands of Hope Helps Ministry. Permon Thomas introduced his team and gave a brief description on how God is using him and his team to further God’s Kingdom. Permon’s group ministers to people in prison, provides education and training skills for job development, offers Bible study with fellowship, and provides basic necessities for families.

The H2O Mission team was split into two groups. One group painted a newly-acquired 2,500-square-foot building to be used for fellowship, Bible studies and education purposes. The group taped and painted the inside. The second group distributed piles of mulch to various garden and flower beds. The teens labored under the heat, humidity and cramped quarters. From 1 to 4 p.m., no one complained. The team laughed and worked together, with the day wrapping up with some praise and worship music.