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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Members of Pittsburg Presbyterian travel on mission trip

  • Pittsburg Presbyterian Church took a mission trip to Wichita June 1-5. Participating in the intergenerational trip were 25 children, youth and adults.

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  • Pittsburg Presbyterian Church took a mission trip to Wichita June 1-5. Participating in the intergenerational trip were 25 children, youth and adults.
    The group stayed at Lady Bugg House, an older house located near Wichita State University which is being renovated as a facility for teenage mothers and their babies.
    The group did volunteer work at Lady Bugg House and at the Union Rescue Mission, a shelter that houses more than 100 homeless men each night as well as housing 30 men for a year-long discipleship and rehabilitation program.
    This was the first mission trip for the six high school youth, according to Lori Atkinson, high school youth leader with Bill Atkinson.
    “They did a wonderful job,”  she said. “Our first two days were spent at the Union Rescue Mission. They had many jobs for the youth, and once one job was finished, they quickly started the youth on another job.”
    Among their chores was to fix food boxes for 20 families who were coming in that day to pick them up.
    “They took huge bags of flour, rice and sugar and put them in small ziploc bags for the food boxes, and unpacked thousands of small boxes of formula to be distributed to families with babies,” Atkinson said. “They carted up the boxes and food for those 20 families that came in, and helped them put the items in their cars.”
    The youth also washed cars, washed bins that the homeless men put their belongings in, organized clothing in the shelter clothes closet, cut up 140 desserts for the evening meal and washed lettuce. They also opened and sorted dead mail that had come to the post office and was given to the mission.
    “The kids took great pride in their work,” Atkinson said. “We were only going to work there one day, but the kids were so into their jobs at the end of the day that they wanted to go back and finish on Friday, so we went back and they were able to finish what they started and were very proud of their accomplishments.”
    On Saturday they worked at the Lady Bugg House, unloading a trailer full of brush at the dump, cleaning up sticks around the yard, putting together a shelving unit and preparing for a carnival that was held that evening.
    “Each youth had a booth they were in charge of,” Atkinson said. “They did a great job explaining what needed to be done and making it fun for the children.”
    Rev. K.O. Noonoo conducted a Love and Logic parenting class for a group of teen mothers.
    The adults worked all three days at Lady Bugg House, painting, renovating a bathroom, installing light fixtures, gardening and mowing.
    “It’s really a great thing they’re trying to do there with the teenage mothers,” said Betty Noonoo, one of the high school youth.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We had devotions each night, with Jim Harris leading songs with his guitar,” said Jeff
    Murphy, mission trip organizer. “The mission trip has gone very well.”
    In the weeks leading up to the trip, church members collected items for both Lady Bugg House and the Union Rescue Mission, including baby clothing and diapers, formula, bottles, baby blankets, men’s clothing, hygiene items, non-perishable foods and monetary donations.
    “Those of us who went to Wichita were very aware that many more from our church were with us through their donations, prayers and support of this trip,” Rev. Noonoo said.
    “I really enjoyed it because we got to help people, even by doing little things,” Betty Noonoo said. “I also liked the intergenerational aspect of it. This was an awesome experience and I would definitely go on another mission trip if we have one.”
    There might be a day trip sometime in the near future.
    “Before we left, we all sat down and talked about wanting to do more,” Betty Noonoo said. “Bill Atkinson suggested going to Joplin for a day to help over there. I think we’re still working on that.”
    Participants will make a presentation about the mission trip during services at 10 a.m. Sunday at the church. The service will be open to the entire community.

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