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Faith in action

Monday, July 21, 2003

Members of Center Point and Ashboro United Methodist Church Youth Groups put in many hours of hard work over the weekend to fix up the Center Point home of Virginia Foulke. The crew, who spent Friday scraping paint and applying primer, consisted of Andre Hayes (on roof), Andrew Albright (back), Kathleen Albright, Brooklyn Wellman, Russa Coley, Rebecca Albright, (on porch) Allison True and Kaitlyn Morris. Jason True, Zeph Smith and Cooper Smith also took part in the operation.

Viginia Foulke has been blessed.

The Center Point and Ashboro United Methodist Church Youth Groups considered going on a missionary trip this summer, but they changed their minds.

"We felt we needed to do something for the community," explained Russa Coley. "And this house was a wreck."

The kids, with the help of some adult church members, including the Rev. Randy Slavens and their part-time youth minister, Shane Zurcher, improved Foulke's home in Center Point both inside and out. They put in an electrical box, did some rewiring in the basement and scraped, primed and painted the exterior, along with performing some other minor repairs. They began the task at 8 a.m. Friday and had plans to work every day until it was done.

According to Slavens, "As long as we can feed them pizza, they keep working pretty good." But the inspiration goes much deeper than that. He is pleased that the children have taken this opportunity to "put their faith in action. And it also gives them a sense of accomplishment."

He thinks they will be rewarded even more than Foulke has been by their actions. She seems to disagree. "I don't know how to thank them," she says. "I can't find the words to express it."

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