It’s been a fast-paced and fun-filled summer for the Uptown Youth Ministry. Last week we completed the last of our trips and I will say we finished with a bang. The middle schoolers teamed up with the Cross Park Youth Ministry and headed over to Sevierville, TN for a week of serving the community, sharing the love of Christ and living the camp life together.
Our home base was Bridgemont Camp – a place that has a long history with our church. Dwight and Stacey Wilkinson run the camp and have been doing so for 30+ years. In fact, the Macurda brothers spent their summers as kids with Dwight and came to Christ under his teaching.
Our task was two fold: serve the surrounding community and give back to Bridgemont by helping with some much-needed projects around the camp. The team painted, rebuilt steps, built benches, moved 14 tons of gravel (that’s the correct number), installed windows, cooked, cleaned and hosted a community picnic for 100 neighbors. That was just in camp!
They also had the opportunity to serve two homes through yard work, fellowship, and prayer. While the team was working on these homes, the local newspaper came out to document the home project activity. Here is what they had to say about our team:
Live-It volunteers help with more than 700 home projects
By JULI WATSON NEIL Staff Writer/ photos by CURT HABRAKEN The Mountain Press
SEVIERVILLE – A van loaded with youngsters landed in the Sevierville yard of Jo Jones this week. The circumstances involved not a motor vehicle accident but just the opposite – a purposeful trip to help the senior citizen with yard work and exterior home maintenance that she couldn’t carry out on her own.
“I was very, very surprised,” Jones said on Thursday, one day after youth groups from two churches arrived to take care of overdue yard work and pressure wash her house. “It looked like there was a bunch of children. There were 17 kids, about 12-17 years old. They worked so hard, so diligently in the heat. My yard looks unbelievable. My yard looks day and night.”
The young volunteers in Jones’ yard were vacationing here from Charlotte, North Carolina, and the two sister churches were looking for a community project to complete during their visit. Church officials reached out to Live-It Ministries, Inc., and Jones can now enjoy a tidy yard…
Along with hard work, we spent each night worshiping together and hearing Dwight’s unique story telling devotionals. He has a gift of weaving in folklore, engaging plot twists and the truth of the gospel in a way that had each member of the team locked in.
All in all, it was a fantastic trip that strengthened our team in every way possible. I am thankful for the Wilkinson’s and their ministry in Sevierville and Bridgemont Camp. We are looking forward to returning in the near future. To Katy Holler “where the women are strong, the men are good-looking and the children are above average.”
If you would like more information on Bridgemont, you can click here to visit their website. Take a few minutes to look through the pictures. There are lots of Uptowners you might recognize.
Author: Rev. Wes Andrews
Full story to article above found here.