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Young people

August 19, 2007

Nine members of Paramount Baptist Church joined more than 300 youth and their leaders July 14-21, 2007 for a World Changers national construction project in Roanoke, Va.

Students spent their days shingling roofs, repairing and replacing siding, painting homes, pouring concrete and replacing doors in the Roanoke community. In the evenings, the youth participated in worship, Bible study, and team-building activities. World Changers participants learn what being "On Mission" really means throughout the week: Becoming personally involved in meeting the needs of others while sharing the love of Jesus Christ.

Youth from Paramount Baptist Church participating in the project were Abigail Hayes, Matthew Hayes, Madison Lewis, Spencer Lunsford, Joshua Money and Ashley Rimbey. Jesse Money, Hilary Cooper and William Cooper went to World Changers as group leaders.

After arriving at the project, participants were divided into work groups called "crews" with such names as "Level Heads," "Hammer Heads," and "Knotheads." Each crew, composed of about 10-12 students and leaders from various churches, was assigned to work on the home of a community resident.

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"It was a great experience that I think all Christians should go through," Abigail Hayes, 14, said of the week.

William Cooper, youth director at Paramount Baptist Church, said World Changers worked on 30 projects, shared the Gospel with over 250 people in the community, and handed out more than 200 gospel tracts.

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