Friday, August 2, 2013
With less than three weeks before the start of the school year, spending the final days of summer on the beach and at other places with their friends is where you will find most teenagers.
But, several dozen teens in Georgetown have traded rest and relaxation this week for paint brushes, lawn mowers and weed trimmers.
The teens from Screven Baptist, Ringel Heights Baptist and First Baptist churches are doing missionary work in their hometown.
With assistance from the City of Georgetown’s Building and Planning Department, youth leaders from the three churches were given the names of those in the community that need assistance with their yards and houses.
Once it was decided which to choose, the teens got to work at 231 Highmarket St. and 427 Broad St.
Jay Smith, youth pastor at Screven Baptist, said as many as 60 young people participated in grass cutting, hedge trimming, raking, house painting and other work that needed to be done.
“We wanted to teach the kids that mission work does not have to take place in some other city or country. It can take place right here. And, it is sometimes hard work,” Smith said.
He said the theme of the week was based on Acts 1:8 which is about being a witness for Christ. He said the message he wanted to convey was that there is work to be done in Georgetown.
“Mission work takes a lot of effort,” he said.
Sharon Melton-Jones, who lives at the Highmarket St. home that received the makeover, said she was very happy when she was informed by the city the youth groups would be working at her house.
She said her house is 70 years old and this was the first time it had been painted since it was built.
“It has made a very big difference. I really thank them from the bottom of my heart. This is just wonderful,” she said. “All churches should be doing things like this.”
Emily Poston, a 16-year-old Screven member, said she decided to participate because she really wanted to help out the community.
“I wanted to put myself aside for the week,” she said.
Ward Daniels, a 14-year-old, said there were two big reasons he was participating.
“I like Jesus and I had no other plans,” he said.
Eleven-year-old Trace Adams said he loved working as a team “and doing all of this together.”
While the work was taking place at the houses, a Character Counts camp was being held at the Beck Administration office on Church Street.
First Baptist youth pastor Jason Mitchell said the free camp for kids in the community was a chance to show how a relationship with Christ can change a person’s character.
The afternoons consisted in a worship service for all the participants and the evenings were a time of fun and fellowship.
By Scott Harper