The Mid-Missouri Mission Team, also known as the 3MT Lifechangers, will be in the area July 13-20 to provide volunteer work for houses in California and surrounding areas. This is the ninth summer the group has visited the area to provide volunteer work for those in need.
According to 3MT President and co-founder Kevin Kohler, the Lifechangers will work on properties in California, Clarksburg, Latham, McGirk, Otterville, Tipton, Fortuna and Jefferson City.
Approximately 200 missionaries are expected to participate, with ages ranging from 12 to 75.
The goal of 3MT is to provide service to fellow homeowners, while also teaching youth to do service for fellow people and share their faith through that service.
"Our mission is to love God's people through service ministry," Kohler said.
The 3MT missionaries will arrive Saturday, July 13, and begin work on Monday, July 15, which will continue through Friday, July 19.
The missionaries will camp out at Tipton School for the duration of their stay, while area churches will provide meals for the group.
"There will be around 120 volunteers providing meals," Kohler said.
This year's host churches, which provide lunch, ladders and projects for the work crews, include Main Street Baptist in California, Tipton First Baptist, Tipton Methodist, Fortuna Baptist, Otterville First Baptist, Lebanon Baptist and Calvary Baptist in Jefferson City.
The 3MT mission will kick-off with a commitment ceremony at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Tipton First Baptist Church.
Kohler said the theme for this year's mission is "Love God, Love People."
A community worship service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at Tipton First Baptist.
Kohler said all are welcome to attend any of the 3MT worship services, which will continue each night through Friday, July 19, at 7 p.m. at Tipton First Baptist.
Jason Davis is the evangelist, while music will be provided by Quint Schoeneberg and his band.
"This is our ninth year for this mission," Kohler said. "I would like to thank Tipton School, Tipton First Baptist Church, the 3MT Board of Directors, all of the churches that provide meals, the host churches, the missionaries, the people who trust us to work on their properties, my wife Sue for organizing the paperwork, and most importantly God, for giving us the opportunity to serve."