For Scott Gibson, the goal is to take 30 young people from the Ahwatukee Assembly of God to Mexico to help seven newly established churches this summer.

But as often happens, some of the most interesting revelations happen when you least expect them, like at the top of the church’s bell tower at the Warner Elliot Loop and Equestrian Trail where Gibson spent 68 hours helping to raise money from Sunday until Wednesday morning.

“Its one of the best things I‘ve ever done,” said Gibson, the church’s youth pastor. “I’ve never attempted anything like this before.”

While in the tower with a cell phone, computer, guitar and air mattress, he took pledges for the summer mission trip, raising more than $2,500 of the estimated $45,000 required.

He also had more than 100 prayer requests submitted by parishioners to help occupy his time.

“I’ve only had a few hours when I’ve been alone,” Gibson said by cell phone from the tower.

But he did say that committing to stay in the tower for days was strange.

“I miss being able to leave, the feeling of not being able to go where I want, the freedom to go,” Gibson said.

Anyone interested in supporting the mission can contact the church at (480) 893-6189 or send a contribution to Ahwatukee Assembly of God, 11832 S. Warner Elliot Loop, Phoenix, AZ 85044.

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