MISSION GROUP FROM NORTH CAROLINA VOLUNTEERING THEIR TIME IN TAMAQUA

Bill Barker, Mark Abernathy, Dewey and Kathie Aiken, Steven Gintz, Barry Whitworth, and Tamaqua Community Arts Center volunteer Jack Kulp.
Pictured are mission group members Bill Barker, Mark Abernathy, Dewey and Kathie Aiken, Steven Gintz, Barry Whitworth, and Tamaqua Community Arts Center volunteer Jack Kulp.

“They came to Tamaqua to see the town and share in the passion and excitement for the exciting things happening here,” said Steven Gintz, of Tamaqua, as he described a mission group’s efforts in Tamaqua. “All of these people work with various missions teams that will come up from North Carolina and other areas next year to host kids clubs, run sports camps, and help the community of Tamaqua with various service projects.”

– Barry Whitworth is part of the North American Missions Board. He oversees missions work in Northeast PA.
– Mark Abernathy is the consultant for missions and men’s ministry in North Carolina. He directs and organizes missions teams, including the team that came from North Carolina to help with the kids club at the bungalow and block party during the “Tamaqua in a New Light” event.
– Dewey and Kathie Aiken are part of the Appalachian Regional Ministry and are National Mission Service Corp Missionaries. They are supplying us with free bookbags with food, toys, and other essential items for the kids who come to the Community Christmas Celebration at the Arts Center on Dec. 5, 2015 from as part of the Spirit of Christmas Festival.

Steven Gintz said, “I chose Tamaqua as a place to live and work because I see the exciting things happening here and want to be a part of it! The way the community comes out to support each other through events is fascinating and encouraging, such as for the recent Halloween parade and the upcoming Veterans day parade. I would like to help contribute to the needs of the people in town and help continue to improve the revitalization efforts in Tamaqua through focusing on and increasing the positive aspects and opportunities of the town.”

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