Due to Covid 19, it was not safe for us to travel to Appalachia, live together in a bunk house, and go to a number of homes to do service work. Good Neighbors, under the leadership of Jason Benedict, who first went to Appalachia to do home repairs when he was a St. Luke’s student decided to bring the mission back home. With the help of his dad, Bob Benedict, they have connected with Urban Ventures in Minneapolis to provide local community service work that will benefit the Twin Cities, especially the areas impacted by the recent riots. We are working with a small business on East Lake Street and doing a home repair in North Minneapolis. The work is simple clean up and painting to flooring and concrete work, plus everything in between. And if we complete those projects we will go to the Urban Ventures’ farm!
So far 27 Youth and Adults from St. Luke’s and Prince of Peace in Roseville, along with friends, have made a commitment to come for the week, a few days, or even a half-day to serve the community. There is still room on Tuesday and Thursday if you’re interested in jumping in.
Most of the participants are paying the full suggested donation of $350 for the week, $70 for a day and $35 for a half day. These funds are for building materials, the Good Neighbors Staffing, and a Licensed Contractor; the latter wasn’t needed in Appalachia.
Thank you to the many members of St. Luke’s who have made a donation to the mission project. This allows everyone who wants to help, but didn’t have the suggested amount for the time they are working, to join. If you’re interested in supporting the project you can make a check out to St. Luke's Lutheran Church 2020 Mission Project, or go to the website follow the "Give" Link and put your donation amount in the "Youth Activities:" Box.
"It is in giving that we receive." - St. Francis of Assisi
Rob Norris-Weber, Pastor