On Feb. 7, five dedicated parishioners from Grandview Baptist Church will travel all the way to Uruguay to help others.
It's a follow-up trip that Linda and Loren Anderson and Betty and Dennis Lukins made with a group of seven other people three years ago to Las Piedras, Uruguay where Linda's sister, Sharon Clark, has served as a missionary for the past 47 years, starting up churches in the South American country. That has in fact been Clark's mission in life. Accompanying the two couples will be Cattie Tvedt who will be making her first trip there.
"We really do have a wonderful time," said Betty of the trip. They'll be finishing off a church they built in 2010, this time with Dennis and Loren working on sheetrock, wiring and hanging a suspended ceiling.
These are all things most of us take for granted - a comfortable place to worship that's safe from the elements. But it's something the people of Las Piedras didn't have until the missionaries from a place called Estherville, Iowa, USA came three years ago.
It takes a lot of heart and dedication to do something like this. Working conditions are far from ideal, with temperatures ranging from 94-100. Granted, some may find that preferable to our current temps, but for what it cost to make the trip, they could just as easily be taking a leisurely cruise just about anywhere in the world.
That isn't what these folks care about, though. They care about helping others, bringing a little bit of the peace and solace that God gives them to people they don't even know.
In a couple weeks, though, five people from Estherville will have made some lifelong friends.
And to them, that will be more than payment enough.