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SELLERSBURG, In. (WDRB) --Stocking shelves, and bagging groceries at Jay C in Sellersburg is the kind of manual labor Wayland Dietrich is used to in southern Indiana. In a matter of weeks, his work will continue, but in a different setting and for a much different reason.
"It's really an eye opening experience," Dietrich explained.
He, along with the other members of his missionary group Casas Por Cristo, will give six months of their lives to build homes for the people of Guatemala.
"You have families struggling to provide a dry place for their kids to sleep in, or to get enough food to live on for the week," he said.
As you can imagine, a house seems like more of luxury. That thought alone is what fuels Dietrich. He's ditching the groceries to pick up some blueprints, hammers, and nails. It's work he's not unfamiliar with. He made another missionary trip to Mexico, where he led 13 home building projects. To say it touched him, would be an understatement.
"It's a really emotional experience," he said.
He also knows from that trip, that it's not cheap to get down there even when you're helping others, so he's hoping the community can help through a benefit show at Dillinger's music venue in New Albany. It starts at 6pm and will go into the morning hours.
"Knowing that they're going to have a place that's warm in the winter, and dry when it rains, to me that's the ultimate return, the ultimate gift for me," Dietrich explained.