City of Refuge workers

Missionary workers from Calvary Episcopal Church in Richmond, Texas pry old, cracked caulking from between the log exteriors of the cabins at A City of Refuge in Vinton. Twelve volunteers have been working all week performing repairs to the cabins as a way to do God’s work with their hands.

VINTON — The motto of Calvary Episcopal Church in Richmond, Texas is “God’s Work, Our Hands.” That certainly proved to be true of the dedicated group of volunteer missionaries who showed up to not only give a monetary gift of over $1,000 to A City of Refuge in Vinton, but to also re-caulk the exteriors or the cabins provided for the homeless veterans who have found a safe haven there.

Mary Ellen Plute, spokesperson for the group, said that this was the second adult mission trip that her church has participated in and is a collaborative effort with St. Paul’s Church in Orange, Texas, who have been feeding the mission group a hot meal each evening. First United Methodist Church of Orange also offered the use of a dorm for the hard workers.

The volunteers have been at A City of Refuge since Monday and were finishing up as much as they could before heading back home around noon on Friday.

As much as they have given to the effort of helping others, Plute said it has been returned ten-fold.

She said on this trip the ages of the volunteers ranged from 47 years old to 70 years old and a total of 12 volunteers came together to make the repairs possible on the cabins.

The driving force behind the mission work, said Plute, is to “look for projects where you can make a difference and do God’s work.”

In addition to the adult missions, Calvary Episcopal Church has been a part of a youth oriented mission group called Mission Palooza in Baton Rouge, which was attended by around six youth from her church and totaled around 195 youth volunteers who helped repaint homes damaged in flooding in that area last year.

Denise Stigen with A City of Refuge said the missionary volunteers worked very hard all week long and provided much needed repairs to the exteriors of the cabins. She, along with all the residents were very appreciative of their hard work.