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169 volunteers set to participate in Mission Trip Birdsboro and Beyond

With more new volunteers than in previous years, a record number of residents are set to participate in the 2024 Mission Trip Birdsboro and Beyond from July 17 to 20.

This year’s community outreach program welcomes 65 first-time local volunteers, bringing the total number of volunteer participants to 169.

Eight local churches have also partnered with Mission Trip Birdsboro and Beyond to support the ministry.

“It is open to multiple denominations and has never restricted service based on a person’s faith or lack of religious beliefs, their race, or orientation,” organizers stated in a news release.

Mission Trip Birdsboro & Beyond provides those unable to care for their homes the help needed for maintenance and repairs without worrying about financial burdens, personal ability, or other limiting factors.

Volunteers repair a flood damaged home during the 2023 Mission Trip Birdsboro and Beyond. This year, volunteers will work at 54 sites from July 17 to 20. (Photo courtesy of Mission Trip Birdsboro)
Volunteers repair a flood-damaged home during the 2023 Mission Trip Birdsboro and Beyond. This year, volunteers will work at 54 sites from July 17 to 20. (Photo courtesy of Mission Trip Birdsboro)

“Working within the community to love our neighbors and serve others makes an enormous impact on the lives of those who need assistance. But at the same time, Mission Trip Birdsboro and Beyond deeply touches those who participate and provides spiritual growth,” stated organizers.

In addition to physical labor, there is also a spiritual development team who spend time with the recipients of assistance offering to just sit or talk with them and to offer prayer if desired.

Over the past 10 years, volunteer work crews have helped numerous homeowners with painting, gutter repairs, yard maintenance, railings, and access ramps, to name just a few things.

Now in its 11th year, Mission Trip Birdsboro and Beyond volunteers will be working at 54 sites, of which 51 are homes and three are community projects within the local area. Mission Trip Birdsboro’s workdays will be from Wednesday, July 17, through Saturday, July 20.

The purpose of Mission Trip Birdsboro and Beyond goes beyond addressing physical needs of maintenance or repairs.

“It addresses isolation, loneliness, and the spiritual care of individuals,” stated organizers. “Simple acts of labor often have deeper meaning to the recipient of care.”

For example, an elderly widow who is unable to maintain her house without her husband can feel a deep response to having repairs and fresh paint for her home.

“The simple acts of caring often have rich emotional and spiritual significance. MTBB embodies the love for our neighbors no matter who they may be,” stated organizers.

Volunteers make new stairs and repair the doorway during the 2023 Mission Trip Birdsboro and Beyond. This year, volunteers will work at 54 sites from July 17 to 20. (Photo courtesy of Mission Trip Birdsboro)
Volunteers make new stairs and repair the doorway during the 2023 Mission Trip Birdsboro and Beyond. This year, volunteers will work at 54 sites from July 17 to 20. (Photo courtesy of Mission Trip Birdsboro)

Mission Trip Birdsboro and Beyond endeavors to be non-judgmental and inclusive in its actions to love neighbors and to serve others as Christ has taught.

“It is so easy in our daily lives to go about our business and become blind to our neighbors. And yet there are so many around us who are careworn or lonely, who need love, need kindness and whose spirit may be shaken,” stated organizers.

“Too often love is lost, and individuals are apprehensive or uncertain how to act with loving kindness,” organizers continued in the release. “Mission Trip Birdsboro & Beyond allows caring people to join together and do good works of Christ-like love and kindness within the community. Such acts not only help those in need but also are spiritually enriching and fulfilling.”

The participants of Mission Trip Birdsboro & Beyond strive to shine a light of grace into the community.

“We have been taught to love our neighbors as ourselves. Volunteers share their blessings through helping others.”

For this reason, “Blessed to Bless” is 2024’s theme for Mission Trip Birdsboro & Beyond.


Source: Berkshire mont

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