Wednesday, June 19, 2013/lk
GRANDVIEW - The laughter and shouts coming from the pocket park near North Fourth Street in Grandview last week was music to the ears of Rev. Antonio Sanchez of Grandview Iglesia Del Pueblo. He said the children were drawn to the park to take part in the recreational activities and story-telling offered by a Boise, Idaho youth group and its leaders. This is the second summer the Whitney Baptist Church youth group has chosen Grandview to spend its vacation in mission work, Sanchez added. According to Boise mission team leader Stephanie Frendt, the Whitney Baptist Church returned to the community to become better acquainted with the neighborhood children. "We were here last year and had such a good time we knew we wanted to return and work with the children again," Frendt said. While playing and running around in a safe environment was a bonus for the local children who turned for the activities, the real reason for the children to be at the park was to learn songs and to hear the Bible stories, Frendt said. Frendt said the 21-member mission team had a great response from the neighborhood youngsters. "Many of the children had attended the summer camp last year. This year they encouraged their friends to join them at the park," said co-leader Jessica Niebolt. Each of the five days of the summer camp attendance ran from 71 to more than 100 children. The youngsters showed up daily about 11 a.m. and stayed until late in the afternoon.