Crews with Mid-Missouri Mission Team will complete several outdoor projects in California, Russellville, Versailles and surrounding areas this week.
Organization president Kevin Kohler said the faith-based organization has 175 missionaries signed up from more than 30 churches. Missionaries will clear brush and paint houses, assisting seniors and individuals in need in Moniteau, Cole and Morgan counties.
"We're a faith-based organization, and one of our slogans is it's not really about the paint," Kohler said.
The important part is connecting local and sent workers with the community members to build relationships with churches. An added benefit is teaching youth to serve other people.
"People think it's just teens, but we need an awful lot of adults, too," Kohler said.
To participate, youth sign up through host churches, pay dues and commit to a week of giving. Churches provide meals and adult supervision for projects.
First-time leader Tony Amos, of Russellville, said it's different organizing the projects than participating. A youth leader at Russellville Baptist Church, he said he wanted to do projects within the community.
"We started doing this mostly because I felt the Lord was leading me to work in our own communities," Amos said. "When you do missions in another state, you don't normally see those people again."
Host churches — including First Baptist Church of California, Friendship Baptist Church, United Church of Christ, Main Street Baptist Church — gather workers and help provide meals.
"We teach love God, love people," Kohler said. "That's what we're trying to teach our students and our adults."
United Church of Christ will host worship at 7 p.m. Sunday through Friday.
Projects are scheduled by host churches. Anyone interested in helping or volunteering may call Kohler at 573-378-0511.