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Local students spend spring break on a "mission"

March 30, 2008

Albany -- For most kids, spring break is a relaxing week spent at the beach with friends and family taking in the sun. And while 28 students from Albany's First United Methodist Church spent their time away from school in a tropical climate, they did so while helping others.

Last Saturday, the youth group set off for a week-long mission trip to Costa Rica. Accompanied by 9 adult counselors, the students from three Dougherty County high schools arrived in Golfito where they helped to build a place of worship while learning about another culture.

UFMC youth group member Kaitlin Daugherty said, "My team, we mixed cement all week and would have to wheel barrel it up a hill and use it to make a side walk around the cabin."

But she wasn't complaining. She along with others agreed the trip was both a humbling and exciting experience.

"Absolutely worth it. I had a great time. I'm pretty sure we all had a wonderful time," said Ned Shoemaker.

The students worked on the project Monday-Thursday and arrived back from the mission trip late Saturday night. The trip was made possible by generous donations from First Methodist Church members and a dance-a-thon held at the church.

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