UM ARMY mission trip helps local families in need

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COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - Teenagers from around Texas are in Bryan-College Station for a special mission trip.

50 students and 25 adults are part of United Methodist Action Reach-Out Mission by Youth, or U.M. ARMY.

Teams were working on installing a wheelchair ramp at a home on Detroit Street in College Station Friday.

The kids are from Dayspring United Methodist Church in Tyler, First United Method of Troup, First United Methodist Church of Livingston and St. Peter's United Methodist Church in Katy.

They did various mission projects around town, including rebuilding porches, painting, yard work and other projects.

"We do the best we can and they are so appreciative. Even if there's a little bit of paint splattered, they love it and that's what makes it for me every summer is just that client reaction," said Matt Hittle, a U.M. ARMY volunteer from Tyler.

"The students spend about eight hours out in the field in the morning and afternoon working, and in the evenings we worship together, we play games together, and it's great to get to know other students from other churches, and that's kind of what U.M. ARMY's all about," said Jeff Sparks, Director of U.M. ARMY.

First United Methodist Church of Bryan hosted the group during their stay this week.

“The students just love to hang out with their clients and get to know them, and it really brings meaning to working on their homes because it gets more personal, and they just they genuinely just love it," said Emily Parsons, U.M. ARMY Director's Assistant.

Friday is the group's last day to work. They head back home Saturday.