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Mission:McDuffie wraps up another successful year

More than 100 local teenagers went MAD last week, and they are hoping they never get over it.

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Mission: McDuffie organizer and Thomson First Baptist Church Youth Minister David Lambert talks during the Mission:McDuffie wrap-up rally.

Mission: McDuffie - now in its fourth year - had the theme of Making A Difference. The project that pairs youth who are willing to paint, repair, clean up and do yard work with homeowners in the county who need that kind of work done made the biggest difference to date, organizers said.

Around 125 adults and teens from 10 area churches painted 13 houses, cut and trimmed 14 yards and touched the lives of 18 families. For Mission: McDuffie organizer and Thomson First Baptist Church Youth Minister David Lambert, it was the best year yet.

"Even with the rain and some of the difficulties, it all ended up working out amazingly well," he said. "This being our fourth year, we've learned a lot. We've been able to kind of perfect some of the processes so things tend to go pretty smooth."

Volunteers spent Monday through Thursday working at the homes, and in the evenings held worship rallies where they discussed the day's events. At Thursday's rally, several of the homeowners attended and shared their appreciation for the help they received and for the volunteers who gave of their time.

"I think they are awesome," said Shelly Frails, whose Thomson home was painted. "I think they are a well-trained group. They seemed to have been very happy, and they seemed to just have joy in doing the job."

For teenagers to give up a week of their summer and pay money to lend a hand to people in need is something unique to homeowner Virginia Rogers. And it's something for which she is very thankful.

"I think that they did an excellent job for it to be summer because most kids like to be out among and into stuff they hadn't got no business being into," Ms. Rogers said. "I think that they really enjoyed doing it."

And from the comments that the participants made, it would seem as though Ms. Rogers was right.

"I liked that we were helping people," said rising freshman Brian Jordan who worked at a house on Pounds Street in Thomson. "They couldn't really paint their own houses, so I liked helping them a lot."

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Megan Prescott helps add a fresh coat to a Thomson home.

For those in charge of the event, watching the blessings flow to both teenagers as well as homeowners was the highlight of the entire project.

"The best part of the week was seeing the smiles and appreciation on both young people's faces as they worked together and the home owner's faces receiving gifts that they never dreamed could happen to them," said Dearing Baptist Youth and Music Minister David Harbeson.

Anyone wanting to participate in Mission: McDuffie 2006, those interested in involving their church or homeowners hoping to apply for work to be done next year can contact Rev. Lambert at 595-4252.



Web posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2005











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