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Mission trip from the HEART

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

July 12, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It's often not easy for some people who live in economically depressed areas to make repairs to the homes, or even keep the yard looking pristine.

But one town in Indiana is about to get some help, courtesy of the youth ministry from St. Teresa's Catholic Church in Albany.

More than two dozen teens stepped onto a bus this afternoon on a mission trip to help and learn.

"This mission trip is about these kids learning how to deal with the real world, the way Jesus taught us," said John Johnson Youth Mission Coordinator.

The teenagers from the Albany area and St. Mary's Georgia, are headed cross country to Anderson Indiana.

"It's my fourth year," said Ali Campbell.

Ali Campbell is one of the teenagers giving up a week of summer vacation, to help a community in need.

"We're just trying to put our harts out to people who might not be as well off as we are and need help," said Campbell.

The teachings of Christ, and trying to follow in his footsteps is what these teens are trying to mirror, year after year, as they embark on their missions.

"When you read the bible it's stories from two or three thousand years ago so you want to know how does that apply to today's life well this is one way we do it," said Johnson.

Anderson Indiana a little bit north of Indianapolis, a community of about sixty to seventy thousand people, hit hard years ago when large industries shut down.

"A lot of people are in need of just fixing up their homes or there's public agencies that need their buildings fixed that's what we're going to do," said Johnson.

"The first time I went I didn't realize how many people were coming together and helping our these people, you can help the elderly, like at a nursing home, you can help build stuff, paint stuff," said Nathan Green.

The group will spend four days working, before getting one day of rest and relaxation.

"I find that I get more our of four days of working for other people, you get so much back." said Green.

There's only one word to describe the experience.

"The one word that always seems to come out is awesome, I don't know why that word is so popular with these teens these days," said Johnson.

"It's a great experience," said Campbell.

The teen ministry worked in conjunction with the HEART Camp which stands for Helping Everyone Achieve Repairs Today.

They raised more than $27,000 for this mission trip, it's their 12th trip to date.

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