CHARLES TOWN, W.Va.Saturday’s snow storm forced Asbury United Methodist Church to cancel the first part of their weekend fundraiser with some of its members aiming to make a difference hundreds of miles away. However, Sunday was a different story with the sun shining and melting the snow on the roads.

“It’s important because we use all the money that we can raise for the mission trip because there is so much need at the Navajo Nation,” said Duane Jensen, Pastor for Asbury United Methodist Church. “Fundraisers tend to build community.”

Sunday’s spaghetti takeout is the first of many fundraisers the church will have for its second mission trip to New Mexico in July.

“We were able to make a connection with one of the residents out there [last year] and so we are going to return,” said Jensen. “We built half of his house.”

“It was great,” said Brad Eaton, a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, who went on the mission trip in 2014. “It was a very eye-opening experience. It was very gratifying to go out and make the connections with the folks out there, and just be able to contribute in some way to help them.”

Members of the church made and sold 65 meals to help Eaton and others like him who hope to return, or go to New Mexico for the first time, to help those less fortunate than themselves.

The mission trip is scheduled for July 10th through the 18th.