Lewinsville's Summer Mission Project had its genesis in 1980 when Rev. Gary Pinder took Lewinsville youth on a 1500 mile journey to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Their assignment: convert an old house into an educational building. The success of that early summer project led to an annual trip by the late 1980s.
The annual project involves approximately 50 youth and adults, and the organizers work closely with Habitat for Humanity and other service organizations to plan each year’s hands-on effort. Interested participants travel to a remote location each summer during the last week in June to assist with building and repairing houses for those in need.
This mission project is not a vacation. Participants are schooled in various construction techniques and how to use tools properly. The work is hard, hot, and dirty for 7-8 hours each day. The group eats, showers and sleeps in accommodations provided by local churches. They cook their own meals and all are expected to help.
The participants attend worship together the Sunday morning before they leave, and they lead worship at Lewinsville on the Sunday after they return. Prayer and devotion are a part of the daily routine.
Summer Mission Project has proven to be a wonderful time of spiritual growth, making deep friendships, evaluating basic beliefs and values and helping to make a significant difference in the lives of others.