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As you know, our planned mission trip to Cookville, Tennessee this year had to be cancelled. This was a difficult decision for us as we really wanted to help the people affected by tornadoes that hit there earlier this summer. However, this past week 23 members of EAC decided to continue our mission efforts locally, making this our 16th consecutive mission trip. While it’s true we didn’t have to rent a van, secure ten hotel rooms, and go out to dinner each night (to some unique and sometimes strange restaurants), we were able to show God’s love and be a ray of hope for numerous families.

This group not only worked at the homes of 6 of our members here at East Allen, but we also teamed up with NeighborLink of Fort Wayne, and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fort Wayne.

Despite temperatures being in the mid to upper 80s, a lot of work got done all five days last week.

Some of the projects included:

  • Staining four wheelchair ramps plus a deck
  • Building/repairing three new sets of steps and/or handrails
  • A whole lot of landscaping and mulching
  • Installing new soffit
  • Drywall repair and mudding
  • Fence and gutter repairs
  • Installation of two new exterior doors
  • Quite a bit of painting
  • Hedge trimming and shrub removal
  • Cutting down and hauling away eight big trees
  • And making 11 trips with heaping trailer loads of yard debris to the city’s yard waste recycling facility

As a combined effort, this team worked over 560 hours last week, and completed 26 different projects.

But most importantly, we got to meet some very appreciative and wonderful people. And with every interaction they got to see first-hand God’s people at work.

Right in the middle of Acts, chapter 10, verse 38, it reads that, “Jesus went about doing good.” Our goal is to be more like Christ every day, and this passage of scripture should motivate all of us to always strive to do good.