Kingwood Church Making A Difference In Bryan Despite Triple Digit Heat

Imagine doing construction all day long during this sizzling triple digit summer with no pay and being there because you want to.

Members of Kingwood United Methodist Church near Houston are working and sweating in Bryan on a mission trip to help people here.

Texas summers can be miserable to work in, but there are smiles on these faces.

Veronica Schmauch is part of the youth group for Kingwood United Methodist Church.

She's one of 90 people here in Bryan all week building wheelchair ramps, doing construction, and helping make life a little easier.

"It's been very fun and rewarding, but yeah the heat is definitely a factor. We are very hot out here," said Schmauch.

For 76-year-old homeowner Odessa May Thurman the new porch and ramp makes getting in and out of the house possible.

"I’m just so thankful to the Lord about what they are doing for me because I'm pretty sickly now and I take a lot of medicine," she said.

"Most of them could be at home hanging out with their friends... Doing whatever they would do inside in the air conditioning. But they give up a week, the older kids are giving up a week of income," said Melanie Cheairs, Director of the United Methodist ARMY camp group.

The church brought in pop-up tents to try to beat the heat a little bit on the hottest week of the summer so far.

"There's no shade on this site at all. So we have to move them around as the day goes on," explained Veronica Schmauch.

The group stayed safe by having cool down periods throughout this heat advisory day.

15-year-old A.J. Hepting got pretty dirty working under the porch too.

"Well it' s nice having these shade things, but yeah just gonna keep drinking more water," Hepting said.

Hard at work unhindered by a summer that just won't let up.

"Worshiping God by making these for other people," Hepting added.

Around 40 adults and 12 college students, including some Aggies, are participating after the church conference asked them to come here for the United Methodist Action Reach-Out Mission By Youth or U.M. ARMY.

The group hopes to finish projects at 25 to 30 sites before the end of the week.

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