Matthew Metzger of Drayton flew to Winnipeg to begin his second mission trip with SERVE Winnipeg on July 17.
SERVE Winnipeg is a week-long mission trip experience for youth/young adults with disabilities. The program encourages faith growth through hands-on service work, worship, small group study, personal devotions and fun fellowship activities.
Metzger was part of the Hero Academy Blue Group. His identification tag read, “The colour of our group is blue. Fighting poverty is what we’ll do.”
“I served God, prayed and shared the story of Jesus,” Metzger said.
He was paired with a peer mentor who provided direct hands-on support.
Daytime extra-curricular events included a community carnival, motorcycle rides, archery and hay wagon rides. Evening activities consisted of a one-hour worship service followed by games.
Accommodation and meals were provided by Covenant Christian Reformed Church.
“The meals were good and I slept on an air mattress,” Metzger said. “I met a lot of old friends and made a lot of new friends.”
Metzger worked in various locations around Winnipeg. At a senior’s home, he cleaned windows and doors and worked outside. The Hero Academy Blue Group organized and shelved items at the MCC Thrift Store. At the food bank, Metzger sorted and bagged potatoes.
An exhausted but happy Metzger said, “I want to do this a lot. I like to help people. Where are we going next?”