Impact Mission Camp coming to Middle Peninsula Sunday
|Middle school and high school students do repairs to a home in the Middle Peninsula on a previous Impact Mission Camp visit.|
On Sunday, July 24, over 100 high school and middle school students will come to the greater Middle Peninsula area to provide some much-needed home repairs for members of our community. These student and adult volunteers will be working in the area for five days at eight different work sites, and will leave on Saturday morning, July 30.
They are serving under the Impact Mission Camps banner, which is a joint mission project of the Mid-Tidewater Baptist Association (MTBA) and the Baptist General Association of Virginia. The goal of Impact Mission Camps is to make sure that at the end of the week there will be some homes that are safer, drier and warmer because of the work done by these student volunteers.
The 25 churches that make up the Mid-Tidewater Baptist Association have been preparing for this week for almost a year. It takes almost $50,000 in cash, goods and services to take on such a project, as well as over 100 volunteers to provide food, lodging, materials, and supervision for these student volunteers. The Mid-Tidewater Baptist Association churches and such businesses as Holiday Chevrolet-Cadillac, Middle Peninsula Insurance, Lawyers Title-Middle Peninsula, Church View Septic, Handy Ice, Dano’s Pizza, Southern Landscaping, Harrow’s Home Center, Horizon Trust, and many other individuals helped meet the $20,000 goal of the MTBA.
The MTBA churches have divided into five feeding hubs. Each day one of the hubs will be responsible for providing lunches, water and Gatorade to each work site for that day. It takes a lot of preparation and coordination to make sure that each group of student volunteers have a good tasty lunch each day as well as plenty of liquids to stay hydrated. Mathews Baptist Church (BC), Newington BC, Harmony Grove BC, Hermitage BC, and Poroporone BC will serve as host churches for the feeding hubs where the lunch preparations will take place. After the lunches are prepared, the eight delivery teams will head out across the Middle Peninsula area to deliver the lunches and more drinks for the work crews.
Harmony Grove BC will provide lodging each night, and the Pilot House restaurant at Topping will provide a morning breakfast and evening meal each day for the students.
On Thursday night, Urbanna BC will host a barbecue dinner for all the students, chaperones, and crew chiefs as a way of saying thanks for sharing their time and talents with the community.