Students to Give Local Homes a Facelift

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.

“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).

Some 415 middle school and high school students from across the U.S. will be in Savannah to work in low-income neighborhoods painting houses, replacing roofs, and in the process providing hope to residents in need. The major work began on Monday June 22, and will continue through the 26. The students will be staying at Savannah State University for the week.

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World Changers is an approach to youth mission projects among Southern Baptists and other evangelical churches.

For years, youth leaders had expressed an interest in finding types of activities that would help their youth to better understand missions through personal involvement.

At the same time, individual churches were finding that the time and effort necessary to put together a “hands-on” work experience was extensive.

As other organizations began to test and prove the validity of large-group missions and service projects, the then Memphis-based Brotherhood Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention began its own plans for such an endeavor.

World Changers national work projects began in the summer of 1990. Briceville, Tenn. hosted 137 youth and adults one week in the World Changers pilot project. In 1992, World Changers expanded abroad with a project in Ciudad Victoria, Mexico.

World Changers continues to grow.

In 2008, World Changers coordinated over 22,000 participants in mission ministries across North America at 95 locations on 1,700 work sites and 47 ministry sites and reported over 830 professions of faith.

Over $180,000 was received in donations for the missions offering.

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