Helping out

Fifteen Malibu youth and three adult leaders recently departed from Malibu United Methodist Church for Teec Nos Pos, Ariz. to spend a week repairing homes for members of the Navajo Nation through the Sierra Service Project, a nonprofit organization providing life-changing experiences through acts of service for church youth groups.

The annual trip is part of Malibu Methodist’s youth outreach program. It includes visits to the Grand Canyon and other landmarks as well as experiencing Navajo cultural events. Matt and Beth Kouba are leading the group for the 14th year. They are joined by Malibuite Cricket Wheeler for her first trip.

Matt Kouba and Malibu Methodist’s newly installed pastor, Lynn Westover, sent the group on their way with a Native American prayer and sageing at Malibu Methodist’s labyrinth. Pastor Lynn comes to Malibu from the Native American United Methodist Church in Anaheim.

For more information about Sierra Service Project and Malibu Methodist’s youth outreach, call 310.457.7505, or go to

The Malibu Times is the first newspaper in Malibu, serving the community since 1946.

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