Have you ever wanted to go to another country to help the poor? That is exactly what three Hagerstown-area teens are doing this summer. Three teens from Ringgold Church of Christ - Danielle Connely, David Connely and Steven Jacques - are traveling to El Recreo, Ecuador, and staying there 10 days to help out. They are going with the church youth group and youth leader Ken Gillaspy.
The church organized its first mission trip to El Recreo in 2001 and its second in 2005. The last time a group went, group members noticed that a church needed to be properly built. So they pledged to raise $10,000 and ended up with $30,000.
Gillaspy described his time there.
"The people were friendly, very warm and inviting," he said. "Our churches have developed a sister church relationship. I love the people. They are like family to me."
Church services are in Spanish, he said.