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Youth seek aid as they plan a work mission

Gathering for a photograph Nov. 10 after a planning session for their work mission trip are teenagers (front, left to right):  Amy Toolan, Ellen Jones, Jayden Cain, Tyler Toolan, Amanda Gee, (rear): Whitney Markwica, Noah Markwica, Logan Webster, Patrick Morey, Julie Angell and Michael Morey. Also participating in the mission are (not pictured): Austin and Jarod West, Joe Schuster, Colby Russo and Mackenzie Blydenburgh. Chaperones for the trip are Mike and Barb Morey, Gail DeMarsh and Brian Angell.

Gathering for a photograph Nov. 10 after a planning session for their work mission trip are teenagers (front, left to right): Amy Toolan, Ellen Jones, Jayden Cain, Tyler Toolan, Amanda Gee, (rear): Whitney Markwica, Noah Markwica, Logan Webster, Patrick Morey, Julie Angell and Michael Morey. Also participating in the mission are (not pictured): Austin and Jarod West, Joe Schuster, Colby Russo and Mackenzie Blydenburgh. Chaperones for the trip are Mike and Barb Morey, Gail DeMarsh and Brian Angell. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Ellen Jones, 13, who’s been on two missions, said Nov. 10 that the missions had an impact on her life, as well as others.

“They were definitely spiritual, mind-opening experiences,” she said. “It felt great to help people like we did.”

Whitney Markwica offered her thoughts.

“Now we want to go out in our hometown community to help others in need here,” she said.

Tyler Toolan, 13, said he enjoyed the camaraderie among the teen mission workers

“It was good to help people out — and fun to meet new people from all over the country just like us,” he said.

Amy Toolan said she gained a new perspective on a prior mission.

“Now I have no more complaints about picking up my room at home,” she said, adding that the missions offered a “soul-searching” experience. “I realize how fortunate I am to have a room to clean up.”

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