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World Changers, PowerPlant expand mission under LifeWay

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) — LifeWay Christian Resources has announced a change for World Changers and PowerPlant student ministries which will allow a greater impact on the 64 cities and towns in 24 states where they will minister next year.

“We’re scheduling about the same number of projects next year as this year, but in fewer locations so we can have a longer and greater impact in many of the cities and towns,” said Ben Trueblood, LifeWay’s director of student ministries. “By staying longer, we can have more opportunities to change a community, and our students’ lives will change as well.”

Trueblood said that although a large majority of the locations are still in small and medium-size communities, LifeWay is following the North American Mission Board’s lead by focusing more resources on cities NAMB has identified as Send North America cities.

“Small and medium-sized cities like Bonne Terre, Mo., population 7,000, Neptune, N.J., with 5,000 residents, and even North Pole, Alaska, with a population of 2,200, are still very much a part of our plan,” Trueblood said. “But the world is coming to our cities, and we must have a greater impact on the great metropolitan areas of the U.S.”

Trueblood said many of the World Changers and nearly all of the PowerPlant projects next year will be in NAMB’s Send North America cities including New York City, Indianapolis, Chicago and San Francisco.

“LifeWay also announced World Changers will no longer use minors to repair residential roofs. For years, World Changers has allowed high school students to replace weather-beaten shingles and rotted sub-roofing. Bailey said other home repair and construction projects have always made up roughly two-thirds of World Changers projects and will remain the major focus.