Mullins UMC youth supported urban and rural ministries during 'Youth Mission Week'


Among other activities, youth and accompanying adults from Mullins UMC in Memphis, Tennessee, worked at Reelfoot Rural Ministries in June. (Submitted photo)

Youth from Mullins United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, completed urban and rural community projects as part of 'Youth Mission Week' that ran June 26-30.

For two days, the youth offered coffee and conversation to guests of Manna House, an urban ministry providing resources for the homeless and poor of Memphis.

The group also jumped into action to replace an old, broken picnic table. After coming up short to find a pre-assembled table, the group purchased materials, assembled the table and applied a fresh coat of paint. Manna House guests were invited to paint their own personal touches on the table the following day.

For the rest of the week, the group served with Reelfoot Rural Ministries’ (RRM) home rehab program, demolishing a damaged wheelchair ramp and building two ramps for local homeowners. One homeowner needed the ramp completed before she could bring her husband home from the hospital.

Rev. Camille Bradley, associate pastor and minister of youth and recreation at Mullins UMC, said even though the group enjoyed the demolition, meeting the homeowners was more meaningful. 

Bradley said she and the youth cherished the opportunity to spend time helping others.