In the midst of tough and uncertain economic times, more than 23,000 students have made a decision to pay money out of their own pockets in order to help improve living conditions for people across the United States and Canada.
Some 297 youth from across the country will be working in low-income neighborhoods in the Bonne Terre area next week. The group will be painting houses, replacing roofs, and doing other work as part of the World Changers ministry.
The major work will begin on July 6. The students will be housed at North County Middle School for the week.
“This will be a life changing week for all involved,” said John Bailey, team leader for World Changers. “The students who participate in World Changers will see that they can make a difference. And the residents whose homes are worked on see that the young people offer hope for our future.”
On average, participating students pay $260 to take part in the week. This summer 98 World Changers projects will take place in more than 85 cities from Alaska to Florida, New York to California, and many places in between.
“World Changers” is in its 19th summer of operation and is an initiative of the North American Mission Board (Southern Baptist Convention).