PITTSBURG — Youth from First Church of the Nazarene raised money to take a mission trip to El Congo, El Salvador.

Friday and Saturday the church hosted a rummage sale to raise money for the trip. They also have a loose change jar which goes toward helping build, purchase and install water systems.

The church has had multiple rummage sales, a fireworks stand and will be having a Paint and Praise event in April to raise money to send 22 people to El Congo in July. It costs $1,200 a person and they will be there for 10 days.

Student Ministries Pastor Age Daugherty said it took two weeks to set up the rummage sale.

They had to take items out of their storage units — things that didn’t sell last year — and pick up donations.

“I think it is cool that the youth can experience this,” Youth Leader Lisa Rutledge said. “This will be their first mission trip.”

Daugherty said it will be a unique experience for the youth.

“The purpose of the mission trip is to give the kids an opportunity to have a global worldview and take them out of their culture,” he said.

According to Youth Leader Melody Brennon, 100 percent of El Congo’s water is contaminated. The youth of First Church of the Nazarene are traveling to a ministry in El Congo to assist with the placing of water tanks and systems, such as gutters to collect water off roofs.

“People there work in coffee and Cocoa fields,” Daugherty said. “There has been droughts there for five years.

“We will provide water systems so they can have clean water, otherwise they have to resort to creeks. We will also hang out with the kids at the school, do activities and share God with them.”

The youth group will provide Vacation Bible School Puppet shows in Spanish for the children in El Congo. They will also be dressing up in superhero and clown costumes for the enjoyment of the children.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP.