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On a mission: Annual Christian community effort looking for projects in area

McDuffie's churches are on a mission once again.

Mission: McDuffie -- a project that pairs church youth willing to paint, repair, clean up and do yard work with homeowners in the county who need just such work done -- is set for July 10-14.

Information packets have been sent to area churches and applications for homeowners needing minor repair work are available across the county, said David Lambert, Mission: McDuffie organizer and youth minister at First Baptist Church of Thomson.

"We really want people who own their home, but for whatever their circumstances might be they just aren't able to get that stuff done on their own and they need some help," he said.

The mission project started four years ago and has grown to include almost 140 participants from seven churches and 15 work sites. In the evenings the workers gather to worship and give reports on how the day went.

Those who had work done last year were invited to the closing assembly where they thanked the teenagers who spent the week repairing their homes.

"It made me feel wonderful because it changed the whole appearance of the house, and it looks nice," Letha Latimore told The McDuffie Mirror last year. "Stuff that I couldn't do myself, they did it for me...

"I really didn't know that people cared that much. There's people that really care because they have God in their heart. And that's just the way I look at it."

Mr. Lambert hopes this year's event will have similar results but that even more homeowners can be helped. But he said finding homes that qualify is more difficult than finding volunteers.

"I really want to just get the word out there to people that if they need some work done on their house, we're willing to do it for them," Mr. Lambert said.

Those wanting to participate in Mission: McDuffie 2005 as volunteers, those in need of home repair or anyone wishing to donate materials can contact Mr. Lambert at 595-4252.

Applications for home repair -- due by the end of June -- can be picked up at the Senior Citizen's Center, Salvation Army, the Boy's and Girl's Club, the Department of Family and Children's Services, the Health Department, MANNA, Agape Ministries, First Baptist, First Methodist, Thomson Presbyterian, Dearing Baptist and Marshall Baptist.



Web posted on Thursday, May 12, 2005











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