Eight members from Tomoka’s Palm Bay campus, ranging between the ages of 26-80, visited Anchor Ridge Ministries in the Appalachian Mountains last week. The team dealt with tropical storm force winds during the 11-hour drive up to Anchor Ridge, but that didn’t stop them from reaching their destination and accomplishing their goals.

During their trip, they were able to make a difference in a number of ways. The team packaged hygiene items and gifts for underprivileged children and families. They also helped with various maintenance projects, which included assembling cabinets and laying down carpeting in Anchor Ridge’s new worship center that opens on New Year’s Eve.

“Some of these families don’t have drinkable water, power or many of the basic necessities we take for granted,” said team member Tricia Porter. “This poverty is in our own back yard, and this mission trip is doable for people of all ages.”

Along with caring for families in need and helping with projects, the team also had a chance to visit Anchor Ridge’s new resource center opening in one of the poorest areas in West Virginia. This center will allow Anchor Ridge to have better access to families, in order to provide them with much needed supplies. While at the resource center, the team took a moment to pray over Anchor Ridge and their new facility.

The trip was a great experience for everyone who went, according to Porter. “We were able to grow together as a team. We got to know each other better and also strengthen our own relationship with God.”

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