It's a good feeling, and everybody wins. Mission:McDuffie, a week-long event where area church youth groups repair and paint houses in Thomson, will begin Sunday.
"It's just a great experience to see the looks on people's faces," said Courtney Timmerman, 15, who participated in last year's event. "They are so appreciative to us for the work we did. Plus I got to meet so many new people. I'll definitely do it every year."
This is the fourth year for the mission, which was started by David Lambert, youth minister at First Baptist Church of Thomson. This year, Rev. Lambert said more than 100 volunteers from Dearing Baptist, Marshall Baptist, Sweetwater Baptist, First Baptist, Thomson Presbyterian, and First United Methodist will paint and do minor repairs for approximately 20 homeowners in McDuffie County who are unable to do the work themselves.
Rev. Lambert said some applications required "bigger jobs than we want to do" such as roofing. He refers these jobs to various men's ministries at area churches. Mission:McDuffie focuses on the home exteriors, scraping and painting, mowing and weed-eating, and hauling away trash. Occasionally, they repair a porch or build a handicap-accessible ramp. The work list is still in the process of being organized.
The kick-off rally will be at 7 p.m., Sunday, July 10, at Thomson Presbyterian Church. David Harbeson, youth and music pastor at Dearing Baptist, said volunteers will receive their assignments, safety instructions, and "get ready for Monday morning." The youth will return to Thomson Presbyterian every evening after work for a worship service featuring various local speakers and youth praise bands.
Volunteers, donations, and applications to request work are still being accepted. For more information, call Rev. Lambert at 595-4252.
"We won't make any promises at this point, but we'll still consider each individual application for this year or next year," Rev. Harbeson said.