Youth on a mission to service Cenla communities

RAPIDES, La. (KALB) - High school students are participating in Mission FUGE this summer to bring prayer and service to communities across the nation.

Here in Rapides Parish, 400 students are working at various locations to lend a helping hand in our community.

Mission FUGE's purpose is to pair church groups with a neighborhood or organization in need.

The group in our area is helping at sites like the Hope House, Salvation Army and event other small churches.

The students are staying at Louisiana College during the week where they will worship together before heading out each day to serve the community. They also get a little taste of the college experience.

FUGE camp leader Justin Shelton said he is proud to see students making their summer count.

"They are giving up a week of their summer to come out here and hang out with little kids, love on them and share Jesus with them," Shelton said. "So, it is really encouraging to someone like me."

One of the groups is working at The Gathering Place West, a small local church. The church's Youth Pastor Will Butterfield said the help is, in turn, helping them serve the community better.

"All these extra hands are awesome because it helps us get caught up on some things that have been left unknown," Butterfield said. "We had a flood back during the holidays that we have been recovering from ever since. We had a lot of damage inside of the building, so they are going to be working on doing some demo for us today and then putting back some sheetrock that was taken out."

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