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Local church members spend week volunteering in Arkansas

By Carla Wynn
Posted Thursday, June 23, 2005

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Helena, Ark. – Seven people from Mt. Gilead Baptist Church in Pittsboro, N.C., and Woodhaven Baptist Church in Apex spent a week volunteering with Partners in Hope, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s rural poverty initiative, in Helena.

The churches participated in the All Church Challenge, a two-week concentrated volunteer event that involved nearly 270 volunteers from 21 churches in a variety of community projects including construction and children’s activities.

Pittsboro volunteers led a daily children’s camp, which included sports, crafts, a Bible story and music. But in a camp of about 300 children, everything wasn’t easy. For Maggie Polson, a rising junior at Northwood High School, the week’s highlight was “reaching out to the kids and helping them realize that fighting is not important, God is,” she said.

Volunteers also taught swimming lessons to more than 250 children. “It was so much fun because these girls had never swam, never even opened their eyes underwater,” said Seth Hardison, Mt. Gilead’s youth minister.

This is the third year for the All Church Challenge in Helena, which is located in Phillips County, one of the 20 poorest counties in the United States. In the first year, volunteers revitalized and reopened the local community center, which had been inoperable because of a fire.

Partners in Hope reflects the Fellowship’s 20-year commitment to join forces with people in 20 of the poorest counties in the nation, all located in rural areas. Other sites include the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, the Appalachia region of Kentucky, the High Plains of South Dakota and the Black Belt of Alabama.

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CBF is a fellowship of Baptist Christians and churches who share a passion for the Great Commission and a commitment to Baptist principles of faith and practice. The Fellowship’s mission is to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission.

 
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