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They came from South Carolina and Florida, paying $200 each to work hard for seven weeks—gardening, washing houses, building decks, running errands, clearing yards and tearing down old structures.
Fifteen members of Team Effort, a Christian youth ministry dedicated to helping those in need, were back at Ocean View Baptist Church in Ocean Isle Beach this year, providing services to the elderly and others in need.
The group of “campers” stayed at the church, worked from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. four days each week and ended each day with a worship service.
Kyle Black of Liberty, S.C., has been participating in Team Effort for seven years, and this was his first year as a team leader.
He led a group of students cleaning, repairing and rebuilding at Frances Bell’s trailer on Hale Swamp Road between Shallotte and Ocean Isle Beach.
“We cleaned all the trash, tore down the deck and now we’re building a new one,” he said during a particularly busy day.
The group also power-washed the trailer, performed “all sorts of yard work” and broke up concrete slabs that were around the property.
“They’ve been working real hard,” said fellow team leader Vanessa Riutta of Clearwater, Fla. “For most of these kids it’s their third trip…They are such good sports.”
Although tired, hot and sweaty, the youthful participants were still working hard and also took the time to joke around with one another, working well as a team.
“I’m enjoying it,” Bell said as she watched the crew putting together her new deck. “I was surprised.”
Team Effort is a nonprofit Christian ministry organization based in Gainesville, Ga., providing hands-on work and worship opportunities for students during spring and summer breaks.