Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

15 God Squads help Altus homeowners


God Squads spark a powerful force for good
 Volunteers swarm the Walnut house in Altus, refurbishing it as a Youth Force project.

Altus-First UMC hosted the mission teams for the second time. A total of 150 students and 40 adults volunteered to work, from Claremore-First, Enid-Christ, Mustang, OKC-St. Luke’s, and Owasso churches, as well as the host church. They formed 15 God Squads that worked on 10 houses, painting, siding, and roofing.

The homes were selected by a group from Altus-First, explained Amy Givens, that church’s youth director. Tarps covered roof holes, and siding was badly damaged.

"Many of the projects selected this year were very big jobs, but we knew God had called us to work on these," Givens said. "In just four days, the homes are transformed, and the lives of the homeowners and God Squad members are transformed also, as God’s love and grace are shown in a unique way."

She continued, "God blessed Youth Force Altus that week with cool weather, hard-working attitudes, and loving hearts focused on the service that needed to be done."

About 100 more Altus volunteers prepared meals, delivered snacks, opened their homes so workers could shower, committed to pray, and delivered supplies during the week.


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