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Area church tackles local mission work

Members of the LaGrange United Methodist Church have done plenty of mission work over the years. In the past, they have worked at the Red Bird Mission in Kentucky.

During one mission trip to Kentucky, it was noted that while there was a lot of work to be done around the Red Bird Mission, there was also a lot of work back home that needed to be done.

That idea turned into a week of mission work by volunteers from the church and other groups in the county right here at home. The church is tackling five homes this week, working on various projects at each.

On Wednesday they were in LaGrange, working with homeowner Randy Sams to fix his roof. Something he said needed to be done for a while. “The roof was getting bad and just patching it up wasn’t able to take care of it,” Sams said as he helped peel old shingles off the roof.

When Mont Arnold talked at the church about the mission project, Sams submitted an application. Sams is a member at the Methodist Church in LaGrange, which his family has attended for several generations. Sams is also planning to volunteer either at other projects this week or at upcoming Habitat for Humanity homes.

Sams had been hoping to replace his roof over the past few years, but was unable to have enough funds on hand at one time to tackle it. “I had saved up some to put toward the materials,” he said. And, he added, he probably could have done it alone but it would have taken a lot longer.

The group was working furiously Wednesday with an eye to the sky as rain was expected later in the day. They were pulling up the old singles and cutting new underlayment as fast as they could.

“I’m grateful for what they’re doing,” Sams said as he went back to work on the roof.