Local volunteers take mission trip to Alabama

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For the third year in a row, 22 people from several area churches recently packed up their constructions tools and made the two-day trek to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to repair homes still left damaged by a 2011 tornado that devastated large parts of the city.

Members of four Disciples of Christ congregations -- Mantua Center, Hilltop, Hiram and Brighter Day -- and hosted by First Christian Church of Tuscaloosa, worked on several homes still in need of repair. The group laid flooring, painted, and put up drywall, among other repairs to residential homes, including a group home that will serve as a halfway house for released inmates.

Led by Pat and Mike Hoskin, this marks the eighth mission trip sponsored by these congregations, originally sparked in 2008 by the rebuilding needs in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The passion for mission work by these adults is matched by the high school youth of these congregations, who are also planning their eighth mission trip this summer, to work in underprivileged areas of Illinois.

The Rev. Jeff Jackson serves as pastor at Hilltop Christian Church and Brighter Day, the Rev. Roger McKinney is the pastor of Hiram Christian Church, and the Rev. Chad Delaney serves at Mantua Center Christian Church with Associate Pastor Len Malotte. Pastor Laurie Metzko leads the All 4-1 Mission Ministries, a collaborative effort of all four congregations, coordinating all outreach and mission efforts.

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