What's a little rain among friends ...

What's a little rain among friends ...

... when the cause is so worthwhile?

... when the cause is so worthwhile?

At least they had umbrellas.

At least they had umbrellas.

LIMERICK PA – A promise is a promise, the youths of Limerick’s St. James Lutheran Church figured.

The small group of 13- and 14-year-olds recently announced plans to conduct a walk-a-thon to raise money for a mission trip they will make this August from the church, at Kugler Road and Swamp Pike, to Elkton MD. They’re volunteering there for a week of work at a transitional homeless shelter. The money they hoped to collect was to buy supplies for the journey.

Financial sponsors liked the idea, named “Steppin’ Out for the Homeless,” and the kids brought in $260. All they had to do last month (June 20, 2009) was walk, as promised. They did, on the paved pathways of Limerick Community Park.

In the pouring rain.

Participants shared a smile, nad had earned $260 for their church mission trip, once the soggy day was done.

Participants shared a smile, and earned $260 for their church mission trip, as the damp day ended.

“The day started out cloudy but dry,” church member Ralph A. Bainbridge wrote in an e-mail last week, reporting on the event, but “that did not last long,” he noted. “First, a drizzle; then the rain came harder.”

With inclement weather, though, members of the Youth Mission program – headed by mentor Donna Longobardi – walked a mile or two in almost the same shoes of the people they intend to help. “The rain just gave us something more to deal with that homeless people deal with on a regular basis,” Bainbridge wrote.

The teens also collected used clothing during the walk. It will be donated to Open Door, “a local second-hand ministry,” Bainbridge added.

Photos provided by Ralph A. Bainbridge

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