Pawhuska youth Haley Mouser and Maddie Pitts, along with Pastor Kathy Morris traveled to Claremore last week. They joined 200 other United Methodist youth and adult leaders to work on houses in and around the city.
This is the third consecutive year that members of Pawhuska’s Ecumenical Christian Youth Group have participated in Youth Force. Their first mission was in Guymon followed by two sessions in the Claremore area. This is also the 22nd year for Oklahoma Youth Force.
Youth Force is an active, hands-on experience that is considered a premier mission event for teens as they tackle any number of repairs during the four-day event.
Dubbed "God Squad’s," teams worked from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Mouser and Pitts worked on building a wheelchair ramp for an elderly couple who had been home-bound for some time. When they began the project, the rotting deck outside the home had to be replaced before the ramp could be built.
Throughout the week, their God Squad worked overtime to complete the project and even added a pergola. According to Morris, Mouser’s and Pitts’ squad returned Friday morning to the job site so they could finish the pergola before heading back home.
Morris’ God Squad worked on a home belonging to a 98-year-old woman who needed indoor/outdoor carpet replaced on her front and back porches.
"We also cut bushes and branches around her yard," said Morris.
"Since we were able to complete our task Wednesday morning, we began helping a young single mother with four children gut a trailer so the family could live together. Until the project is complete, the children are being taken care of by four different families. As you can imagine, they cry every night because they miss their mother and their siblings. This project will be completed by members of the Claremore First United Methodist Church."
Morris, Mouser and Pitts all three agreed it was a worthwhile week as they cared for those unable to help themselves.