Madison youth lead mission outreach to serve needs of community residents

6/30/2014

MADISON, Ind. – This week 12 churches and more than 90 youth gathered to make a difference in their community for what has become Madison Mission Week. The event is in its second year and began with one young person, Macky Hecox (a member of Madison North UMC), who thought there was something missing when her youth group worked in Cleveland, Tenn. for a service project a couple of years ago. Hecox, along with her friend Cara Walker, discovered the bonds of friendship between youth and homeowners faded with each mile during the return trip home. On Wednesday, June 18, Hecox shared with Bishop Mike Coyner how this outreach project began to help residents in need and how she, Walker and other volunteers caught a glimpse of Jesus and ran to follow him. The Madison Mission Week only costs each youth $40 to participate in the weeklong event and includes meals, fellowship events and a T-shirt. The group uses the local high school cafeteria as a dormitory and center from which to journey to various worksites throughout the area. Friday night, the youth will end their weeklong mission with a free concert and cookout for the people of the City of Madison. For more information about this unique community outreach with youth, contact the Rev. Matthew Stultz of Madison atmatthewstultz@me.com. – Submitted by Matthew Stultz


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