Published October 31, 2013
MOUNT VERNON – Some churches send mission teams to distant lands and remote areas of the United States to be ambassadors of hope and goodwill. Under the leadership of William Blosch, director of missions for Mercer and Thomas County Baptist associations, several churches decided to make the trek to Brewton-Parker College to assist with needed repair work and landscaping.
Chris Hilliard, pastor of First Baptist Church in Quitman, and Jim Pitt, pastor of Morven Baptist Church, along with men from those churches; and representatives from Okapilco Baptist Church in Quitman and First Baptist in Newark, converged on the campus on Oct. 12 to trim hedges and shrubbery, as well as do cleanup, yard work, and landscaping.
The teams from the two south Georgia associations performed an assessment to determine what cleanup and minor repairs need to be accomplished on future trips.
They gave special attention to the needs of the educational building, the old gym, and old dormitory in order to determine the repair items necessary for the next trip.
Blosch commented, “The men had a very positive experience and saw how much the college needs help from Georgia Baptist churches. The students who saw the work being done reacted in a most affirming way. One student walked up to the cleanup crew out front and asked, ‘Why are you doing this?’
“A volunteer from Morven Baptist Church responded, ‘Because we want to help you and be an encouragement to the school.’
“The student then said, ‘Thank you!’ and hugged the volunteer in order to express appreciation for what was being done.
Blosch continued, “There is still much repair work and cleaning to be done. One building has significant water damage, which a disaster relief cleanup crew could resolve.
“At least three buildings need significant work, and due to the sheer volume of cleanup and repair that is needed, the more churches that could get involved the easier and faster the work can be done.”
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