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Application deadline nears for upcoming Servant Road trip

The application deadline for Hastings young people interested in the Servant Road mission trip to West Virginia Aug. 2 to Aug. 9 is quickly approaching.

Located in the heart of West Virginia, Braxton County presents the best of rural community living as well as the challenges. There is the beauty of the mountains, but there is the reality of the physical needs of the people who live there in Braxton County.

The Appalachian region is considered one of the most impoverished regions of the United States. Only 42 percent of individuals living in Braxton County graduated from high school, unemployment is high, and more than half of the households fall well below the poverty level. A significant number of homes lack adequate plumbing and kitchen facilities. Many of the work projects center around families who struggle to provide basic amenities for their children, or the growing elderly population living on a fixed income with no money for home repairs.

Trip participants will have the opportunity to build and repair homes for these individuals. Projects include roofing, siding, drywall, framing, flooring. They will also help to build a new community center in the small town of Rosedale, which will be used as a ministry base for outreach to Braxton County. In addition to the challenging work, the youth will partner with small churches, local missionaries, and reach out to the community through day-to-day interactions with the residents. This is an opportunity to display the love and hope of Christ.

This mission trip is for young people in ninth to 12th grades. Application forms are available at Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 400 Ninth St. W., at the Servant Road website:; or by contacting Cary Nygaard at The registration deadline is Friday, March 13.

Servant Road’s mission is to teach and demonstrate servanthood while sharing the love of Christ with others in need.