2019 High School Mission Trip to Hiram Farms

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From July 21-26 five youth from Columbia UCC and five youth from Peace UCC, Hartsburg participated in a mission trip to Hiram Farm in Hiram, Ohio.  Hiram Farm is a working farm providing work and teaching life skills to adults with autism.  Our youth participated in several projects while on the farm.  Their main project involved renovating the farm house.  The front porch, back porch and front porch roof were in serious need of help; so the youth spent several days cleaning moss and mildew off the roof, cleaning mud and growth out of the gutters and downspouts, scraping, sanding and painting both decks.  When they finished, the house looked much better. 

They also spent time working in the barn with the “farmers” (the clients with autism) and on their last day, played a game of kickball with the farmers.  Their final day in Ohio was a “fun day” spent at a waterpark in Cleveland, and visiting the National Offices of the United Church of Christ.  They even got to meet with our General Minister and President, John Dorhauer! 

This was truly a life- changing experience for these youth, as they grew closer to each other and developed their faith even more.  You will be hearing more from these High Schoolers as the days and months go by as they share with you the lessons of faith they learned working together at Hiram Farm!