(Editor’s Note: Last week, we brought a first-hand account from a Texoma group who went on an international mission to Nicaragua. This week, we bring the story of a Texas group joining youths here in Bryan County to do some mission work in Caddo. Got a story or photos from your church’s Summer of Service? Email to firstname.lastname@example.org or bring information to the Durant Daily Democrat at 200 W. Beech St.)
CADDO - The associate pastor of Caddo Methodist Church was delivering groceries to a local resident, saw a need and hatched a plan to fill that need.
Some people need spiritual encouragement; some people need a few extra groceries. In this case, Dewey Shaffer saw that a lady needed a new house.
Mary Shelton of Caddo is receiving that house thanks to the work of Durant and Caddo United Methodist churches. This weekend, they are getting plenty of extra help from a young mission team from Stonebridge United Methodist Church of McKinney, Texas.
Stonebridge Interim Youth Director Taylor Smith brought a group of 30 middle school children this past weekend to help erect the walls and do some painting for the house in Caddo. It was their second mission trip to Bryan County this summer.
“We visited earlier in the summer, going door-to-door to make minor home repairs,” Smith said. “We were blessed that we found work right off the bat. (In Caddo) we got a lot done, and there was no complaining about the hot weather.”
The work made an impression on 12-year-old Faith Gunther of McKinney. Her group was joined by 10 people from the local churches, as well as “working donors” from local contractors.
“It was great to see how everyone came out to help,” Gunther said. “For awhile we got to visit with the people who will live in this house.”
Durant UMC Youth Director Tim Ford said all the work and supplies for the new home have come from donations.
“It’s kind of a pilot project for the church,” he said. “People cut costs, some roofers came out, it was community-wide.”
Shelton and her family were thankful for the help: “It means everything in the world to us. It’s amazing what all these nice people have done.”
Shaffer added that the church will soon be hosting more workdays on upcoming Saturdays. Anyone interested in donating their time or various supplies should contact him at the church at 924-2971.