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Camp Joy El participants hold Faith in Action Day

August 10, 2008

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The senior high campers at Camp Joy El recently put a youthful spin on their own version of volunteerism called Faith in Action Day. Campers in grades 9 through 12 went out in small groups to various local organizations to share their time and talents to help others.

The experience was a positive one for those on the receiving end as well. One volunteer and resident at Quincy United Methodist Home, Peggy Sandel, remarked with great enthusiasm, "The students who came were so energetic and full of fun. They were just wonderful, and helpful to us as well. We were so glad they came."

Sara Sheffer participated in a group that went to The Salvation Army store in Chambersburg. They worked at some behind the scenes tasks that often aren't seen as exciting or glamorous but are very necessary, such as sweeping floors, wiping down shelves and organizing stock.

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"I was excited to go on the Faith in Action trip," Sara said. "I went last year, too. I was a little anxious at first, about sweeping the floor in front of the customers, but I knew I should just smile and say 'hello.' The people seemed to have lighter steps after I greeted them. Smiling means the same thing in any language."

Chris Brenneman helped out in a classroom full of fourth-graders at BOPIC. He looked forward to his volunteer role in hopes of having fun, but also because he wanted to show others there is joy in serving the Lord. The children in the class enjoyed having the teens assist them for the day, while the teachers' expressed appreciation for the help.

"It went well and I would love to do this again," Chris said. "I could feel God's presence the whole time and I was really happy to be with the kids."

Additional groups of campers also served at the Eco Center in Greencastle, Pa., and Pregnancy Ministries in Waynesboro, Pa.

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