Prayer and Action will soon host its sixth summer of mission projects for the Diocese of Wichita – this year in Schulte and Pittsburg.
Prayer and Action is a summer program designed as a low-cost mission for young people. Participants live in community, prepare meals together, pray together, and work on various projects, such as painting, cleaning, yard work, for those in need.
Over 250 youth will roll up their sleeves this month and next month to help families in Schulte and Pittsburg. Despite oppressive summer heat or gully-washing rains, the young volunteers cheerfully scrape, paint, mow, and weed for four solid days during each week of Prayer and Action.
College- and high school-aged volunteers will be working from St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Schulte in the month of June. They will be working from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Pittsburg on July 8-13 and July 15-20.
Their joyful demeanor is a result of the foundation of personal and communal prayer that begins and ends each day, said Christine Edmonds, coordinator for Prayer and Action for the diocesan Office of Faith Formation.
“In their unique way, they evangelize the people in the communities they serve,” she said. “Not only are the people amazed that they would volunteer their time so generously, they are also moved by how cheerfully they serve. Some people have even returned to the faith because of the witness of these young disciples.”
This year’s team is ready to guide the young participants through each week of Prayer and Action. Leaders are Ashley Krier, Paul Brungardt, Mitchell Doerneman, Chauncey Toon, Amy Bergkamp, Paul Stadler, and Kylee Mernagh.
“The generosity of this team of young adults, combined with the sacrifice of chaperones who accompany the young people and the energy of the participants themselves provides a powerful and often life-changing experience for all who attend Prayer and Action,” Edmonds said. “I know they would all be grateful for your prayers.”