Building community, praising God
Hammers and drills will be heard across the Tri-County this summer.
Rebuilding Hope initiated its annual Servants on Site mission camp Saturday.
In the weeklong project, more than 140 youth and adults will repair 16 damaged dwellings in Vance, Granville and Warren counties and complete 13 roof replacements, build two wheelchair ramps and rebuild an interior room.
Ten of the sites are in Vance, five in Warren and one Granville.
The homeowner of the Maple Street project site, James Blue, said he started noticing damage to his roof about four years ago and signed up to have it fixed through Rebuilding Hope a year later.
“I been praying for it,” he said. “I thought they weren’t going to come. When it started raining in the house, I got concerned.”
SOS project coordinator Leigh Humphries said she and her family came from Roxboro to help people like Blue.
“It’s very rewarding to see how all the pieces come together and how all the community comes together for this one mission,” she said. “You can do one million things in this world and not get the joy that you get from doing this kind of work.”
More than 17 churches collaborated to complete the projects.
Jamie Falkner of New Sandy Creek Baptist Church said he felt it was his duty.
“I was just following the Lord,” Falkner said. “He puts the call on you, and you have to follow it. The real purpose of SOS was to spread God’s ministry. Doing this roof work is a tool to get out in the community.”
Churches coming together as one was the theme of the mission camp this year.
James Taylor came from First Baptist Church of Palmetto, Florida, to be a part of the community. He said since he arrived, everyone has made him feel at home.
“This is the best mission trip I’ve been on,” he said. “They feed you pretty good, they treat you pretty good, and it keeps you busy and out of trouble.”
The mission crews will work every day from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the rest of the week, breaking for a lunch in between.
The day ends with fellowship services at Central Baptist Church. Volunteers sleep at Crossroads Christian School.
Rebuilding Hope spokesman Robert Parham said they are still taking applications for service work while they have the labor in town. Contact him at (252) 430-9334 for more information.
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