Bruce and Jill Engelmann found many opportunities through the Urban Impact Ministry in New Orleans, Louisiana last year and set out to take their church in Alta with them during this year's mission trip.
There were 23 individuals from Summit and six others from Oakdale Evangelical Free Church who ventured with the Engelmanns on this year's mission opportunity. The group spent Jan. 20 through Jan. 28 in New Orleans, where they believe the opportunities were endless.
"My husband and I had such a good experience that our goal was to go again and take our church with us," Jill said. "You don't have to go half way across the world to find those with needs. Everyone is already asking when we're going again. We were feel so good to have been able to make another trip there."
The group spent most of their time relating to the kids in the urban community, but also found time to explore some of the culture.
"The Urban Impact Ministry works with inner city kids to teach them about God's word and the gospel, while working on the church," Jill said. "I think we all felt a sense of accomplishment as we were able to minister to the community, not just the kids."
The trip included lots of manual labor, from stripping woodwork to painting window frames to hanging drywall. There were also several opportunities for worship and evangelism.
Read the rest of this article in the 2/01 Pilot Tribune.