Nineteen parishioners from Macedon Center, South Perinton and Victor United Methodist churches and their ministers, Reverends Laura and Steve Calos, packed a camper and traveled to Nashville, Tenn. for a weeklong February mission in that city.

Nineteen parishioners from Macedon Center, South Perinton and Victor United Methodist churches and their ministers, Reverends Laura and Steve Calos, packed a camper and traveled to Nashville, Tenn. for a weeklong February mission in that city.

The fellowship hall of a Nashville United Methodist Church served as home base for their stay. They worked at three homes that were devastated during the May 2010 floods in that area. Calos described the dwellings as modest city homes located in a housing development built right after World War II. 

“Over the years a labyrinth of expressways was built resulting in a crisscross of highways over the entire development,” Calos said. “Besides the ever-present noise pollution, water run-off from the expressways is barely managed by the shallow creek that flows through the development. When the severe rains came, there was absolutely no place for the water to travel causing the entire neighborhood to be flooded.”

While there, the group worked on drywall installation, painting and trim work. Some of the previously completed work was not up to standard, so time was spent making right what had been poorly done before.

The mission group’s experiences in Nashville changed their lives for the better, Calos said. They saw first hand the hope and encouragement they brought to families that have been displaced from their homes since the May flooding. Their reward for the Nashville mission experience, Calos added, was knowing that their work brought the families closer to the day when they could return to their own homes and resume normal lives.