Plainview Pastor Goes "Up in the Air for Kids" - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/23/08

Plainview Pastor Goes "Up in the Air for Kids"

Pastor Tom Reusch, the youth minister for the First Assembly of God in Plainview, is 27 feet above the church off I-27. He's been there since Sunday and it's all part of an effort to raise money for kids across the world. "I'm going to be up here at total of seven days," said Reusch.

His week-long living space is not much to speak of. At 6'2" Pastor Tom is taller than the width of the small area at the top of the scissor lift which is nearly 30 feet in the air. "I really didn't know how to game plan for this one. I just have tried to do it as we're going along, but it's kind of going as expected. I expected to get mosquitoes, but I don't get any of them," said Reusch.

There is no restroom, no air conditioner and only a small tent for cover, but Pastor Tom's concern isn't comfort, it's kids. "We're trying to help kids around the world who need clean water, food, education (and) health care, and we're just trying to do our part to make a difference in the world today," said Reusch.

"Up in the Air for Kids" is a worldwide effort to raise money for needy children. From billboards to business rooftops, children's ministry leaders spend days on end up in the air to bring awareness of programs benefiting kids in need around the world. "We've had a real good response. It feels like the longer I am up here the more people are getting involved and the more support we are seeing from the community. There are several ways that people can donate, but my favorite is when people actually come by the site and say 'hi' to me when I am bored and lonely up here. We have a bucket up here that we lower down and people can put money in the bucket."

 Reusch says their goal is to raise $5,000, and as he mentioned, there are multiple ways you can donate, without actually going to Plainview. You can call the church at (806) 293-1637 or you can click here to donate online or simply learn more about the event.

Get Involved with NewsChannel 11
2008 Lubbock Komen Race for the Cure
Get all the important facts about this year's Komen Race for the Cure event being held on October 4th.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Left in the dark: A stunned Puerto Rico seeks to rebuild

    Left in the dark: A stunned Puerto Rico seeks to rebuild

    Thursday, September 21 2017 3:46 AM EDT2017-09-21 07:46:11 GMT
    Thursday, September 21 2017 3:40 PM EDT2017-09-21 19:40:19 GMT

    Maria hit the island Wednesday morning as a Category 4 storm with 155 mph winds, the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in over 80 years.

    Maria hit the island Wednesday morning as a Category 4 storm with 155 mph winds, the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in over 80 years.

  • Bernie Casey, pro football player turned actor, dies

    Bernie Casey, pro football player turned actor, dies

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 7:55 PM EDT2017-09-20 23:55:35 GMT
    Thursday, September 21 2017 3:38 PM EDT2017-09-21 19:38:58 GMT
    (Photo by Ryan Miller/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this May 23, 2014 file photo, Bernie Casey appears after a performance of "The Tallest Tree in the Forest" in in Los Angeles. Casey, the professional football player turned actor known for parts in “R...(Photo by Ryan Miller/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this May 23, 2014 file photo, Bernie Casey appears after a performance of "The Tallest Tree in the Forest" in in Los Angeles. Casey, the professional football player turned actor known for parts in “R...

    Bernie Casey, a professional football player turned actor known for parts in "Revenge of the Nerds" and "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka," has died.

    Bernie Casey, a professional football player turned actor known for parts in "Revenge of the Nerds" and "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka," has died.

  • Huge sea turtles slowly coming back from brink of extinction

    Huge sea turtles slowly coming back from brink of extinction

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 2:41 PM EDT2017-09-20 18:41:02 GMT
    Thursday, September 21 2017 3:38 PM EDT2017-09-21 19:38:37 GMT
    Sea turtle populations around the world are doing better, crawling back from what was once the brink of extinction.
    Sea turtle populations around the world are doing better, crawling back from what was once the brink of extinction.
Powered by Frankly