NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Kids at the First Baptist Church of Lufkin traded a day of summer fun for a one-day mission trip. The students said they plan on continuing to do what they learned in camp Thursday.
It's the dog days of summer, perfect for swimming or a game of football with friends, but these kids were on a mission.
"We went to this place and packed water bottles," Adriana Perez said.
"We packed snacks for kids who don't have stuff," Emma Stott said.
They were learning a valuable lesson about the importance of giving at First Baptist Church.
"We need to help other children that are in need," Sawyer Lowery said.
The children, from kindergarten through 6th grade, went to CISC to assemble "Backpack Buddies" for at-risk area children.
"There is Rice Crispies, cereal, puddings," Lowery said.
They then went back to the church and made care packages for the homeless and welcome baskets for Buckner Family Place.
"We would do it all the time if we could do it every week!" Stott said.
The mission didn't stop there. It was also integrated with a Biblical lesson on giving.
"We learned about Jesus," Stott said.
They eagerly read scriptures highlighting to importance of today's mission trip.
"It let us learn more about Jesus and that we need to be thankful for all that we have," Perez said.
"Jesus is love," Lowery said.
The kids at First Baptist said as adults they will continue to give to people in need. Coordinators said it helped that they were making packages for children their ages.
The children said those who will receive the packages aren't the only ones pleased by the gesture.
" We felt good, awesome, and it was really really good!" Stott and Perez said together.
Coordinators at First Baptist said this is their second mission trip, and they would like to continue projects donating to local organizations.