Summer at Rutherford Housing Partnership (RHP) is synonymous with hands-on ministry. That’s when we pair interested church youth volunteers with those needing urgent repairs through RHP. This summer youth from 19 churches have adopted projects and provided urgently needed repairs for 21 homeowners- from replacing roofs and building ramps to putting up ceiling tiles and replacing rotten floors.
Among those churches providing volunteers this summer have been:
Mission Unidiversity: a partnership of First Baptist High Point, First Baptist Greenville, SC, and Park Road Baptist in Charlotte, brought its summer missions trip to Rutherford County in June.
Home Missions: Adaville Baptist in Spindale and Floyd’s Creek Baptist in Forest City joined forces in July to stay at home for their summer missions experience.
illumiNATION; a program of Salem United Methodist in Bostic, brought in groups from Lilesville United Methodist, Avery Parish Methodist churches, and First United Methodist Salisbury in July.
St. Paul Lutheran in Newton and Branch Creek Community Church of Harleysville, Pa. each returned to Rutherford County for another week of hands-on missions work.
Lebanon Road Church of Christ in Nashville, TN; not only adopted a local Church of Christ congregation to help but also helped complete a roof for an RHP client.
Taking the City 2010; was a partnership of seven county church youth groups, led by First Baptist Church Spindale, and included Corinth Baptist, Gray’s Creek Baptist, Green Hill Baptist, Mount Pleasant Baptist, Pleasant View Community Church and Temple Baptist- who chose to stay at home to do missions this summer.
The work is rewarding on so many levels. Those with disabilities get access to their homes; widows get leaky roofs replaced. But most particularly rewarding are the relationships that grow between the young people and the homeowners and between the young people and the adults who lead them in this work.
Among this summer’s skilled leaders were: Tim Bovender, Rutherfordton; Bill Chapman, Rutherfordton; Jim Culver. Forest City; Dennis Danner, Bostic; Earl Greene, Ellenboro; Chris Henson, Forest City; Billy Honeycutt, Rutherfordton; Gary McCabe, Rutherfordton; James Schmitt, Spindale; Tommy Sims, Rutherfordton; James Upton, Forest City; Terry Ware, Rutherfordton
RHP is looking for skilled Volunteers! Are you a skilled worker? If you would like to help RHP with urgently needed repairs to those in need, call them at 828-248-3431.