Q&A with Calvin, a Waco campus resident, on his experiences
on mission trips with the Home

This past week, Methodist Children’s Home took 11 of our youth from the Waco campus and Boys Ranch to Orange, Texas, on a mission trip. The Home has a partnership with the Central Texas Conference Youth in Missions.

The theme this year was “Caught.” Steve Heyduck, chaplain for MCH, said the youth were caught doing good works by offering hope, comfort and love. The focus was to build relationships between the youth providing the good works and those receiving them.

Calvin is a resident on the Waco campus. He has been at MCH for five years and has been on a mission trip each year. We met up with Calvin at the Waco campus chapel to talk with him about his experiences.

Calvin - Methodist Children's Home

Q: What projects were you responsible for on each of the mission trips?
A: I have been involved in several projects and have been the group leader a few times. I have tarred a roof, built a new screen door, built two wheelchair ramps and helped paint rooms at a Boys and Girls Club.

Q: What is a special memory you have from the mission trips?
A: During the third mission trip that I attended, we built a new wheelchair ramp for an elderly woman. When we completed the project she cried and thanked us for all our hard work. I knew that it really meant something to her.

Q: What do the mission trips mean to you?
A: Mission trips give me the opportunity to re-evaluate my relationship with God. They help me to have a better understanding of how helping others really affects lives.

Steve Heyduck described Calvin as a youth who worked hard on building projects during the day and then played the drums each night with the MCH praise band.

“It was a joy to have him on the trip,” Steve said.

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