SHARING JESUS and leaving an impact on local communities were the aims of three World Changers projects held in Arkansas this summer – with more than 600 students from around the United States working in West Memphis and Fort Smith June 23-28 and in Little Rock July 7-12.
Students worked at a number of sites in each community and served in a variety of ways, including by painting houses, landscaping, putting siding on houses and constructing wheelchair ramps.
In its 23rd summer of operation, World Changers – an initiative of LifeWay Christian Resources – provides a way for volunteers to physically and spiritually minister to communities across the nation.
J.R. DeBusk, pastor of First Baptist Church, Heber Springs, was project coordinator for the Little Rock project.
“Our objective is to use the various ministries that we are involved in – particularly in conjunction with the City of Little Rock in painting and repairing homes – in order to be able to minister, share Jesus, but just leave a very positive impact on the communities where we are serving,” DeBusk said.
Claire Beauchamp, a 12-year-old participant from Texas who served at the Little Rock project, said it was her second time to take part in World Changers.
“It was just fun to see the reactions of the people who couldn’t do the house on their own. I also liked meeting new people and making friends,” she said. “I’ve learned that you really can make a difference just by speaking about the Bible or helping fix a house.”