During the week, students spent their days roofing, scraping paint, and building wheelchair ramps in the Corpus Christi community. In the evenings, the youth participated in worship, Bible study and team-building activities. World Changers participants learned what being “On Mission” means throughout the week by becoming personally involved in meeting the needs of others while sharing the love of Christ.
Five staff members and five teens from STCHM participated in the World Changers project. Students included Alex, Andrew, Grayson, Hannah and Isamar, and they were joined by STCHM Director of Student Ministries Becky Moore and two sets of houseparents: Marvin and Patty Kinnamon and Mike and Karen Perkins. Eleven teens and two adults from First Baptist Church Beeville also participated. Students included Zach Amador, Emily Barris, Claire McKinney, Heather McKinney, Paige McKinney, Lindsey Roberson, Sierra Smith, Scott Townsend, Caleb Traylor, Graham Traylor and Bryan Webb. They were joined by First Baptist Church Youth Minister Mike Bryant and adult leader Stacy Forbes.
After arriving in Corpus Christi, participants were divided into work groups called “crews” with names such as “Brush Bunch,” “Cool Caulkers” and “Goofus Roofers.” Each crew, composed of about 12-14 students and leaders from various churches, was assigned to work on the home of a community resident. “The kids are awesome. They’re go-getters. They’re cheerful. I can’t even describe them. They are so wonderful…I’m going to miss them when they’re gone,” said homeowner Rona Linda Sonton. A World Changers crew roofed Sonton’s home.
Meeting youth from other churches and learning how to serve as a team were highlights of the week, participants said. Others said they enjoyed getting to know the residents whose home they were repairing and being able to complete the construction projects.
“Getting to know the family we were helping was my favorite part of the trip,” First Baptist Church student Paige McKinney said. “Being able to see how grateful they were for the work we provided was such a blessing.”
Fifteen-year-old STCHM student Alex said, “I enjoyed the worship service during the trip. The music helped me focus on God during the week.”