Twenty-five high school and college youth from the Hazel Green United Methodist Church in the Northeast District traveled to the Caribbean island of Eleuthera for a week-long mission work trip, June 14-20.
The group was hosted by the Bahamas Methodist Habitat project, a program of the Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church. The goal is to provide re-building from the frequent hurricanes that hit the island, and to upgrade sub-standard housing.
Eleuthera is a small barrier island in the Bahamas chain. It is 100 miles long and a few miles wide. Its eastern coast is on the Atlantic Ocean and its nearby western coastline is Caribbean; which makes it a target for frequent destruction by hurricanes and storms.
Housed in the old Tarpum Bay Methodist Mission House, the Hazel Green group of 33 youth and adults served the people of the southern portion of the island by home roof reconstruction, window installation, recreation with children, installation of hurricane shutters, building of rock retaining walls, and painting.
The mission trip was led by Youth Director Will Etheridge and Pastor Michael Stewart, and made possible by generous support from the Hazel Green UMC congregation.