Living ‘Do Unto Others’ with work
“We’re doing God’s work,” Taylor Tarpey explained, wiping perspiration from her brow and she paused from cutting lumber in triple-digit temperatures near Fair Park last week.
Indeed. Seventy youth and adults from three south suburban Houston congregations formed teams to spread throughout Milam County last week, providing construction projects for those who needed it most.
For the past decade UM Army teens have been coming to Rockdale, hosted by St. John’s United Methodist Church.
This year, Rockdale hosted young men and woman from churches in League City, Seabrook and Texas City.
COMMITMENT—“ They pay to come here and then they work,” Steve Shelton, camp director.
“We’ve got incoming freshman and some who have already graduated,” Shelton said. “They keep coming back because of what it means to them.”
The interaction with the students, and their dedication, means just as much to the local residents who are the recipients of the work.
‘GOOD KIDS’—The UM Army built a ramp for Rev. Leslie Adams next to Calvary Baptist Church south of town on US 487.
“They’re great workers and such good kids,” Rev. Adams said. “ You know they even brought me lunch and shared it with me. Now, they didn’t have to do that. This whole week has been such a blessing.”
“ They are such good kids,” Zamora said. “At lunch time they’d come in and we’d eat together and have a devotional.”
“I told them, they’ve helped restore my faith in young people,” she added. “It’s done me so much good to know that there are still young men and women like this around. Seems like all you ever hear about is the other kind.”
LOGISTICS—Shelton said the UM Army built ramps, stairs, installed siding, repaired porches, sheet-rocked and did all kinds of maintenance.
He expressed appreciation to St. John’s and the Rockdale Rotary Club for their support of the UM Army’s effort. There were also work sites in Cameron and near Thorndale.