MADISON, Ind. – Youth of Madison churches undertook a cooperative effort to lend aid to local residents the week of June 23-28. They combined their efforts and performed minor home repairs for those in need of assistance.

The project, called Madison Mission Week, invited all local churches to share their youth, donations for materials and meals for the workers. The Madison Consolidated High School hosted the youth in the cafeteria as a makeshift mission center and lodging area. Youth from various denominational faith traditions worked for a common goal of helping others.

Madison Mission Week idea began with one teen’s question. Upon returning from a mission trip, one local teen from Madison North United Methodist’s Macky Hecox, asked, “Why don’t we do this in our own town, for our own people? We just leave and never see them again. At home we could work and keep the connection as a beginning of a relationship, rather than leaving.”

The purpose of Madison Mission Week was to “serve the Madison/Jefferson county community; provide a mission experience to local youth through service, worship and fellowship and present a faith-centered program that allows youth to share their faith.”

The Rev. Dr. Matthew Stultz, pastor of Madison North United Methodist Church, considers the project a God-thing, “It has been truly amazing to witness the faith of one youth and her vision come to fruition through tireless work and organizing. Doors have been opened and hearts have been touched and I am confident lives will be changed. I am so proud of our congregation and the other churches in Madison for working together at a common dream.”

The teams performed minor home repairs, such as painting, landscaping, roofinf and enjoyed fellowship and worship opportunities.

The experience concluded with a celebration by the Ohio River in downtown Madison at Bicentennial Park with worship and a cookout Friday evening.

“Doors have been opened and hearts have been touched…”

– Matthew Stultz

Photo courtesy of Madison North UMC

The Youth of Madison Churches orient themselves to the week’s volunteer work ahead during the Madison Mission Week outreach to their city. The idea came from Madison North United Methodist’s Macky Hecox.