ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A youth group from Community United Methodist Church in Orlando has been repairing homes in Albany as part of mission work.
The middle school youth group is working in conjunction with Mission Change and the Albany Area Fuller Center for Housing.
As the news of the Orlando shooting broke Sunday, they tried to figure out how to respond.
"Lets pray. Father we just come to you, and thank you brought us here on this day," said Community United Methodist Church Youth Minister Tim Dix.
The nine person youth mission team from Community United Methodist Church in Orlando prayed for the victims of the Orlando shooting and their families.
Noelle Wood, 13, said it's hard for the kids to comprehend 50 people killed in her hometown
"No. I always try to think it's everywhere but there. But like I know it is there," said Wood.
"It was actually a very sad situation. And we're very sorry for all the families," said Tapiwa Murimwa
The group left Orlando Sunday morning, and Youth Minister Tim Dix had the tough job of trying to answer their many questions.
"They asked about obviously when and anytime Muslim comes up. And anytime ISIS is brought up, they ask "but why would they do this?" said Dix.
Dix's answer is that Jesus is love, and that is what they must show.
The team scraped paint and cleaned pine straw out of gutters to share their caring for others.
But they still worry about the people back home.
"You know it's really sad. I don't think anyone deserved it. I feel really sorry for the victims and the families of the victims," said Wood.
Sponsors stay close to the team, understanding their service this week is challenging.
"So this week we are glad that they are here. But we're also praying with them and for the city. In hopes that people come together. And you see that on the news where the city is already coming together. And I think all over the world," said Mission Change Executive Director LaDonna Urick.
The youth group leader thinks these kids will be important to Orlando when they return.
"Long after the TV cameras leave and long after the aid leaves, we will be the ones that are there. And it's our city. And it's where God put us each to be there, to deliver his truth," said Dix.
The Fuller Center project is helping homeowners with repair and rehab projects to make their homes liveable.
"We're a hand up, not a handout. We have a repayment part. We use volunteers and donated materials to do the projects. The repayments are used to fund the next projects," said Stacey Driggers, for the Albany Area Fuller Center for Housing.
The Orlando Youth Group, sponsored by Mission Change, will be in Albany through Friday.