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In their own words: teens, sponsors share thoughts on relief work

“What would I be doing if I wasn’t here? Well, I’d be riding my 4-wheeler, getting muddy. I suppose I’m getting muddy regardless.” Miles Williams, 14, Southaven, Ms.

“Our kids are grown. We’re here because we love what these kids want to do to help these folks.”

Randy Dent, Southwest church, Jonesboro, Ark.
“It made me pretty sad to see the numbers spray-painted on houses and realized how many people died inside them.”
Audrey Sharp, 13, Memphis, Tenn.
“I want to leave here feeling more grateful for what we have.”

Emma Galloway
, 13, Memphis, Tenn.
“I feel like we’re doing God’s work here.”
William Marino, 15, Southaven, Ms.
“I think a lot of people who live here are walking around here depressed. They’re doing the best they can for whatever state they’re in, but they’re overwhelmed, they’re hurting, they need help.”
Jennifer Huntley, adult sponsor, Columbia, Mo.
“We knew our numbers would be a little lower this year if we did something like this, but we decided we’d rather have a smaller group that was doing something meaningful than a larger one sitting around somewhere.”

Ashleigh Givens
, youth minister, Southwest church, Jonesboro, Ark.
“The whole point of you being here is to connect with people. It’s about Jesus.”
Tim Hines, field director, Hilltop Rescue and Relief
“These kids should give us great hope for this generation, and for the future of the church. They care about people.”
Chris Harrell, Youth in Action coordinator and youth minister of the Southwest church, Jonesboro, Ark.

Filed under: People Staff Reports

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