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Arkansas Valley Circuit Mission Day a success, but not done

November 21, 2018

Submitted by Marty Lee
Pastor, Rocky Ford United Methodist Church, Rocky Ford, Colorado

The Arkansas Valley Circuit - located in southwest Colorado - launched its Bridge of Love mission project on Oct. 20. The mission volunteers have five projects in four communities within the circuit currently underway. The group painted a house in La Junta, Colorado (see photos above for the before and after), and built an ADA-accessible ramp for a parishioner who suffered from a stroke. The third project was building a sidewalk for a disabled person in Swink, Colorado. 

The group hoped to get all the projects done in two days, but it simply wasn’t in the cards. The circuit was represented by four churches: Olney Springs, Rocky Ford, Swink, and Cheraw. From these churches, there were 10 workers.

The two remaining projects are on hold pending delivery of materials, including windows to be sealed and lumber for a handrail. Once the windows are replaced and the railings repaired, volunteers will paint the window trim on the house. The final project is finishing the trim and painting a garage for a member of Ordway United Methodist Church.

The Arkansas Valley Circuit is thankful for the opportunity to complete these repairs: "[We] thank God for all the prayers and support we have received on this endeavor. We would also like to thank the conference for their support and the volunteers for all their hard work," shared First United Methodist Church of Rocky Ford pastor, Marty Lee. "It has been a challenge, but the Holy Spirit stepped in and walked us through it."