Mission: Thomson will have a new name and a new focus to go with it this year.
The week-long event comprised of repair work done to Thomson area houses by church youth groups has expanded to include all of McDuffie County. So event organizers like Thomson First Baptist Youth Minister David Lambert decided the name Mission: McDuffie would better fit the project.
"Last year, we ended up doing a lot of houses out in the county, down near Dearing, up on the other side of the interstate even. So we started thinking 'This isn't just Mission: Thomson, we're all over McDuffie County,'" Mr. Lambert said. "So we decided to change the name to Mission: McDuffie to give it that broader appeal and better represent what we were doing."
The event, now in its third year, got its start in McDuffie County when Mr. Lambert came to First Baptist Church. He had taken part in a similar event at his former church in Texas.
"My youth group loved it, participated in it, and they had been doing it for a number of years," Mr. Lambert said. "When I came here, I saw that there was a need to try to bring some unity to the youth groups."
After meetings with other youth ministers, scouting the area and pitching the idea, Mission: Thomson was born.
"They thought it sounded great, and so we gave it a whirl and it worked," Mr. Lambert said.
Plans for this year's event are already underway. A group of youth ministers from across the area met on Feb. 18 to discuss the initial phase of getting the newly named Mission: McDuffie underway.
"We've started looking at speakers and music for the rallies, and deciding where we're going to have different elements of it," Mr. Lambert said. "So it's basically in the pre-planning stages of it."
The beginning rally will take place on July 11 and work will take place from July 12 -15. Any churches interested in participating in the event can contact Mr. Lambert at 595-4252.
Also, applications will be placed around the county as the event gets closer so that anyone needing repairs to their house can apply to take part in the program.