Friday, March 13, 2009

Mission trip at home

Since many local churches have chosen not to take their youth groups to Mexico over spring break because of the threat of border violence among rival drug cartels, as I wrote in Friday's column, a few have looked for alternative ways for something constructive next week.

Hillside Christian's high school group, which would have gone to Mexico, will instead partner locally with Christmas in Action to work on five projects. Christmas in Action is formerly known as Christmas in April.

The non-profit organization repairs homes of the elderly, disabled or lower income. CIA works with volunteer groups and the home owner. Hillside Christian youth will work with adult sponsors on Monday and Tuesday.

"This fits right in because there's such a need in our community," said Kerri Cross, Christmas in Action executive director. "The mission field can be right here. You don't have to go very far.

Christmas in Action is all volunteers. Cross works for the Potter County tax office.

"It's wonderful when we can get a group to step up like this," she said.

Following next week, the next major work day is set for April 25. If a group is interested in volunteering, call (806) 418-4098 or e-mail at

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