Ohio Changers challenges participants to become on-mission Christians as they live out their faith while getting their hands dirty.
There is a new mission project under the Missions Support and Mobilization Resource Group with the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio, Ohio Changers. The first Ohio Changers took place in the West Jefferson and Grove City areas in July of 2016. Many of the members of the leadership team have been involved in Kentucky Changers missions for the past 15 years and was excited to be able to introduce this ministry to Ohio communities.
Ohio Changers consisted of 50 teenagers and 50 adults doing some much needed repairs on the exterior of homes for those who could not do it for themselves. Participants were divided up into 8 crews completing a total of 14 jobs. The jobs included painting, siding, roofing and deck building. The crews consisted of a crew chief who is an experienced tradesman, an assistant crew chief, an adult man and woman to encourage the youth, and 8-10 teenagers, ages 13-18. For a week these volunteers worked on the homes and built relationships with the homeowners during the day and in the evenings had a great time worshiping God and fellowshipping together. First Baptist Church of Grove City generously opened their church for the group to stay there for the week, sleeping on cots and taking showers in Disaster Relief Shower Trailers.
This week long mission is a benefit to all involved. It helps the homeowner with much needed repairs, builds relationships between adults and teens, as well as giving the teenagers new skills and a sense of accomplishment.
The leadership team consists of Matt Stickel and Marc Wells as the Construction coordinators, Project coordinator Sue Stickel, camp pastor Mike D’Attoma, Registration Ronda Maynard, Meal coordinators Shelby Wolfe and Penelope Mishne and promotion/ graphic designer Amanda Mishne. Anna Raber and Wade Beachy headed up the ministry team.
Planning for 2017 has already begun! If you would like more information about Ohio Changers please contact Sue Stickel 614-425-1805 or firstname.lastname@example.org