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The heat and the storms did not hinder the 2nd Annual Bladen Mission Project 2015 from being a huge success. The youth mission project started on Sunday, June 14th and came to a close yesterday, Thursday, June 18th.  

There were seven churches involved in the mission project, wherein 50 youth and 25 adult leaders participated in different projects to show God’s love to our community according to one of the event organizers, Dr. Chris Denny from Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church.

The churches around Bladen County that participated in the mission were First Baptist of Bladenboro, Clarkton Baptist, Clarkton Presbyterian, Elizabethtown Baptist, Elizabethtown Presbyterian, Vertical Church, and Wesley’s Chapel United Methodist Church. The Bible verse leading the mission was Acts 1:8, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

With the verse in mind, the volunteers were split up into 11 crews throughout Bladen County to help make our community a better looking place and to help spread love and joy to others. Some of the places that benefited from the spirit lead groups were Booker T. Washington, Clarkton School of Discovery, Paul R. Brown Academy, Elizabethtown Nursing Center, Southeastern Carolina Crossroads, Bladen Crisis Center Food Pantry, Division on Aging, and a Vacation Bible School. The crews did everything from the hardest clean up jobs, to painting the elderly’s finger nails.

Each night the folks enjoyed meals provided by the churches involved, a shower to clean up provided by the North Carolina Baptist Association, and a nice place to sleep at Wesley’s Chapel United Methodist Church.  Denny said, “It was a great success. I was amazed by the dignity and respect our youth displayed during the mission. It was powerful to see youth and adults working together, side by side building relationships.”

A mission like this wouldn’t be possible without sponsors to assist in the efforts. There are many to thank according to Denny. Campbell Oil Company and Minuteman Food Mart provided fuel and drinks. Division on Aging, churches, parents, and community members came together to show their support with prayers, food, drinks, and much more for the mission. To find out more about the mission search #bladenmission2k15.

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