Wylie Baptist Church youth group stays in Abilene for spring break

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - During spring break a lot of people find themselves on vacation ,but in Abilene, some young people are staying in town to help out.

The Wylie Baptist Church youth group has helped do housework for a woman who was unable to do the work herself, and they also spent hours volunteering at Global Samaritan Resources. The group also worked on other cleanup efforts in Abilene.

Student Minister Philip Jorgensen says, "You're serving the Lord. You're serving Jesus. That's why we're not going to the beach. That's why we're not doing all kinds of stuff that we could do. You're serving other people, and that's what really matters."

For members of the youth group, service can mean many things. Brycen Potts says it builds work ethic, but it's also, "good to learn to put others first instead of yourself, and give up your time."

Carrmin Ray agrees: "I'm here because I love helping people, and I love showing my love for God, and being able to show other people God is great, and He can help us do things."

For those that they're helping, the service means everything.Esther Kissell was on hand to guide the group through what needed to be done at Global Samaritan Resources. She says,"I haven't done a final count of how many kids are here, but basically, we're going to get a week or two weeks of work done in one day. It really, really does mean a lot to us."

It's all because of a desire to help those who need it the most. Volunteer Ethan Humber says that the group wanted to help those people. "In our community, there's places we may not normally go, but there's people that live there, and they need help. They were reaching out. So we decided to reach back out, into our community."

The group has previously made other mission trips to Dallas, where they realized that they could be helping out in their own back yard, leading to the start of this new tradition.

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