Practical Witness

By Galen Holley/NEMS Daily Journal

A group of young people acting as the hands and feet of Christ spruced up properties in Tupelo and its environs this week.
More than 250 youth from five states arrived Monday with World Changers, a program of the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Thursday morning a group painted the outside of Dorothy Lockridge’s house, which sits at the base of the giant water tower on Green Street.
“These kids are wonderful. They are truly blessed for doing this,” said Lockridge, whose husband died almost four years ago.
The sprawling oaks between Lockridge’s house and the A.M. Strange Library provided good shade for the young workers.
“This is a great opportunity to witness to people,” said 16-year-old Austin McClendon of Olive Branch, taking a break from the morning heat.
Emily Nelson of Arkansas enjoyed the entire week-long experience, including bunking at Tupelo Christian Preparatory School and sharing the daily lunch members of Sherman Baptist Church brought each day.
Twenty-two teams worked at the invitation of the City of Tupelo and the Lee-Itawamba Baptist Association. The youth each raised around $250 to pay their travel expenses.
World Changers started in 1990 as a service project for Baptist youth in Tennessee. More than 23,000 participants are working this summer in the U.S. and Canada.
Contact Galen Holley at (662) 678-1510 or galen.holley@journalinc.com.