Spending 18 hours on a bus with no air conditioning in 90-plus degree heat isn't anyone's idea of a good time.
But maybe you'd suffer it for a good cause.
This past week, 24 Estherville people, mostly teenagers with a few adults, made an eight-day mission's trip to Tennessee on this bus
Making a mission’s trip to Columbia, Tenn., last week were, front from left, Jenny Hansen, Maggie McCauley, Rachel Bates, Samantha Rosinger, Anna Coffin, Bobbi Hansen; middle row: Abigail Winter, Levi Jensen, Matthew Holmgren, Shannon Sovia, Marci Greig, Alexandra Adams, Maddie Bates; back row: Travis Rosinger, Dawn Rosinger, Joshua Rouser, Jean Russel, Koby Schubert, Tim Soper, Dale Wood, Bonnie Cummins, Demaso Hanson, Kyle Schubert and Bri Schubert.
Led by Pastor Travis Rosinger and his wife Dawn, the Calvary Gospel Assembly group spent time helping out groups in Columbia, Tenn., and the surrounding areas.
Pastor Rosinger said a group from Nashville, Tenn., that visited Estherville to do service projects last year, sparked the idea for the mission.
The mission trip coincided with Compassion Columbia-which is several days of doing service projects in the city.
The Estherville group helped at a food shelf.
They also helped renovate a future youth center in Lewisburg call the dream Center.
"It's a former high school-middle school that they're renovating," said Rosinger.
The Estherville group also helped hand out 600 school uniforms as well as diapers and pull-ups.
Finally, the Estherville group helped a church, which feeds 2,000 people in need every day.
With all that work, Rosinger said the biggest challenge was the bus and trailer. One wheel on the trailer blew out and the excessive heat ruined another tire.
The crew returned to Estherville Monday afternoon, tired, hot, in need of a shower, but safe and happy they'd had a chance to make a difference.