LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The United Methodist Action Reach out Mission Youth group has been working hard in the Lufkin Community this week trying to make a difference.
Sixty one high school kids along with fifty six adults spent their week helping to beautify a select group of homes and to make their lives a little easier.
It's a mission that is very near and dear to UM ARMY camp director DeeAnn Emberton's heart.
"Our mission is to provide a Christian based opportunity for youth to go out into different communities and help people with either lower income or disabilities to do some home repairs that they couldn't do themselves." Emberton said.
The group began their twenty home mission trip project in the area on Sunday and completed their work Friday afternoon.
One of their final projects of the week was building a fifty to sixty feet long ramp for a man in wheelchair.
UM ARMY youth member Matthew Tarver said it was an incredible feeling helping someone and giving someone a new look on life.
" It's not so often that you see yourself build a giant a giant ramp so that somebody can come out of their house for the first time in so long with little difficulty" Tarver said.
The group also had an opportunity to meet all of the home owner's that they helped this week on Thursday during Client Night. The gathering gave the group an opportunity to share a dinner with these families and it also gave the families a chance to thank them for their work.
UM ARMY Youth group member Madison Leslie said this experience is one that she won't soon forget.
"It's the most amazing feeling. You come in and you start with literally nothing ground zero and then when you walk away it's something that you can stand on and walk on and use the process is so cool to get to see something from nothing go to something so amazing that blesses somebody so much. " Leslie said.
The UM ARMY recruits middle school to high school students and has mission opportunities during Christmas, spring break and throughout the summer.