Pastor on platform raising money for Peru

Pastor Blaine Scott has spend the last three nights atop a platform outside First United Methodist Church to raise money for the church’s teen outreach program.

Luckily, the weather has been fair while Pastor Blaine Scott sleeps atop a two-story platform outside First United Methodist Church in downtown Grand Junction.

“What I didn’t think about was the streetlight shining on me,” Scott, whose voice is raspy from yelling down to media and supporters, said.

“And people are driving through my bedroom all night,” he said with a laugh.

Scott climbed to the top of the platform Sunday afternoon and vowed not to come down until he raised $7,000 for the church’s teens who plan to take an outreach mission to Peru next summer.

The people in Peru that the teens plan to help live in platform houses because of flooding, Scott said.

He’s hoping his stay on the platform will not only help raise funds for the trip, but also raise awareness for the people living in poverty in Peru.

The teens and adult chaperones will help build a church in Peru and also teach water sanitation. They need a total of $30,000 and are also selling pumpkins to help raise the money.

Being just $1,000 away from his goal, Scott thought he might sleep in his own bed tonight.

“I’m just grateful to this community because people of all faiths, backgrounds and ages have been giving donations,” he said.

The pumpkin patch, at 522 White Ave., is open from 10 a.m. to dusk, seven days a week through Oct. 31.


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