by June Newman

Nearly 135 people from 17 churches will take part in the 26th annual trip to the Beautiful Feet homeless mission in inner-city Fort Worth, Texas, this weekend (Jan. 19-21).

Southeast Kansas Baptist Association sponsors the trip, and churches from other areas also participate.

The large group is divided into five teams to work at “The Feet:” Street Ministry; Children’s Ministry; Food; Clothing; and Construction.

The main construction project this year is to totally gut the basement of the Beautiful Feet church building. This will include ripping out ceilings, walls, electrical, plumbing and clearing it out for a total remodeling.

The church building was constructed in 1929 as Calvary Baptist Church.

Beautiful Feet now has a new 11,000-square-foot building next door to the church building. The new building is so wonderful. They have moved all of the offices to the second floor of the new building where there is also a large storage area.

The first floor has a totally awesome kitchen with much freezer and refrigeration storage as well as storage for as dry goods. The professional kitchen is amazing and is already serving wonderful meals to the homeless.

There are also new bathrooms, showers, and laundry facilities for the homeless. That is why our team will total demolish the basement area where these ministries were held before. They hope to then rebuild with professional doctor and dentist offices and hopefully a great new design for the clothing distribution area.

We leave on Friday, Jan. 19, around 7 a.m. and arrive in Fort Worth by 4 p.m. We then work through the weekend with departure set for 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 21. It’s a busy and sleepless trip but so rewarding.