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Helping others is a rewarding feeling no matter what age we are.

Such is certainly true when it comes for those involved with Mission McDuffie -- a group of area teenagers who go out and make repairs and clean yards of senior citizens every summer.

My son, Daniel, was involved with this program for two summers. He always looked forward to lending a helping hand and doing whatever tasks came his way. Now attending summer classes at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, he was unable to take part in the program last week.

What a wonderful program and a great way to share God's love with others!

Now in its sixth year, Mission McDuffie has helped dozens of area residents with youth groups doing a variety of work for them every summer.

My colleague, Lynn Davidson, normally does a feature story about this special Christian outreach program, but I was able to talk her into letting me cover it this year since she's been under the weather of late.

I ventured out to find some of these young people in our community last Wednesday morning. I went back the next morning and did the same thing. I got the opportunity to talk with several local teenagers and adult supervisors about what can work they had been doing for others in the community and what it meant to them.

I'm sharing their comments in a front page cover story in this week's edition that I hope will be encouraging and uplifting to our readers. I also it will inspire others to become involved in this great project next year -- either through their church or simply as a community volunteer.

It's a good news story.

When good hard-working people pull together with their resources, talents, etc. there's nothing that can't be accomplished. Last week was a grand example.

Young and old alike worked hand-in-hand to accomplish dozens of assignments in a four-day period last week through Mission McDuffie.

They performed together, admirably. With everything they did, it showcased the true meaning of what Christian love is all about. It was exhibited through their work and through their hearts. Being around them, you could honestly feel the love of the Lord.

Each person involved in 2010 Mission McDuffie is to be commended for work well done. Everybody involved, including those who benefited from home repairs to outside work, were richly blessed.

It was nice to see local people pulling together to accomplish a wide array of projects.

I enjoyed the opportunity of getting to cover this story, because it personally was inspirational. It made me realize there's a lot of good people in the world -- a lot of them closer than you think -- in your own community.

Web posted on Thursday, June 17, 2010

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