Southeast Kansas Servant Week Volunteers

Published 07/15 2014 06:59PM

Updated 07/15 2014 08:51PM

PARSONS, KS.--- "Earlier, I was ripping out boards and putting in braces for the main thing," said Cole Thomas, Servant Week Volunteer. 

That's just one of the many tasks volunteers are doing in Southeast Kansas for Servant Week. Both Trinity Lutheran and St. Paul's Lutheran Churches in Labette County have partnered up with other volunteers from around the nation.

"Yeah, we're all volunteering. This is a mission trip for us and we're volunteering. We're going to come out, do devotions, hang out, meet new people, do all that," said Andrew Thomas, Servant Week Volunteer.

The volunteers have come from Jersey, Indiana, and other parts of Kansas to lend a helping hand. 

"Some are building a wheelchair ramp for a single mom. You got yard work to be done for an elderly woman, and a couple other jobs here and there," said Andrew. 

They aren't just doing this because they feel like they have to.

"I want to help the community. I enjoy seeing people smile when something good happens to them, and hopefully they'll pay it forward. So I like to see that and the smiles and the happiness it brings people, doing a good deed," said Andrew. 

A local pastor agrees. "As Lutherans, we love the Lord because he loved us. So we serve the Lord by serving those around us," said Pastor Rocco Mallardi, St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

The groups will finish the projects by the end of the week and they're hoping to help at least eight houses by Friday. So far this week has been successful, and a Servant Week is already in the plans for next year. 

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