Mission team from Antioch UMC in Springville, TN, serves 'Reelfoot Rural Ministries' by building a ramp as part of agency's 'home rehabilitation program'


Antioch United Methodist Church commissioned a mission team during its July 9 worship service. (Submitted photo)

Five teenage youth  and three adults from Antioch United Methodist Church in Springville, Tennessee, traveled to Reelfoot Rural Ministries (RRM) in Obion, Tennessee, this month for their first short-term Christian service mission trip.
RRM is a multi-faceted social service agency of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church that serves Dyer, Lake and Obion Counites in northwest Tennessee and Fulton County in southwest Kentucky.
Before their departure to work the week of July 10 with RRM’s home rehabilitation program, the team was commissioned during their church’s worship service on Sunday, July 9.
“From the time our youth group first formed last fall, the youth expressed a willingness and desire to engage in mission,” reported the church’s pastor, Rev. Linda Hillard.
Even with the team’s “limited skills” in home rehabilitation, she said they were able, with the help of RRM personnel, to construct a ramp to a deck that had been previously built by another team.
The ramp was built at the home of “Miss Jessie,” a client of RRM.
Miss Jessie providing hospitality and expressed gratefulness to the team for its work, said Hilliard, who noted that the ramp will make her life easier.
“The youth took pride in building (the) ramp,” said Hilliard, and were also “grateful for the new relationships they forged” with Miss Jennie and among themselves as they “served in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”