Witnessing through good works


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Megan Rusell stands on the roof of a porch as she paints the exterior of a house on Lybrand Street Tuesday morning. Russell was one of 180 teens and adults from 16 churches throughout the county taking part in The Jerusalem Project. Participants work on homes throughout the county, repairing porches, building handicapped ramps, doing year work, and, of course, painting the homes of needy individuals and families.

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Sarah Wilson (center) prepares to use an electric screwdriver to screw in a bolt to help secure a railing at a residence on McLure Street Thursday morning. Helping hold the railing in place are Anna Rose Sawyer (left), Leigh Parris (right), and Michael Gregory (foreground). They and several other teens and adults were repairing a porch as part of The Jerusalem Project.

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Laura Parris rakes the yard of a residence on McLure Street Thursday morning as part of The Jerusalem Project. She was one of 180 teens and adults taking part in the project which brings together churches from throughout Union County to do repairs and improvements on the homes of needy individuals and families. This year, the Jerusalem Project worked on homes in Union, Lockhart, Buffalo and Santuc.

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Lennah Farr writes a message to the owner of a residence on McLure Street where she and several other members of a The Jerusalem Project were building a handicapped ramp. A total of 180 teens and adults from 16 churches in Union County worked on 17 houses repairing porches, painting, doing yard work, and, of course, building handicapped ramps.

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Mary Katherine Gibbs, Alex Childers, Andrew Peace, and Evan Threadgill paint a house on Lybrand Street Tuesday morning as part of The Jerusalem Project. The project brings together teens and adults from local churches to work on the homes of needy individuals and families.

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With the help of John Cremeans (left) and Judson Lawson (background), Michael Gregory (right) prepares to cut out a section of a new part for a porch on a home on McLure Street Thursday morning. The three were among several teens and adults who worked on the house as part of The Jerusalem Project.

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The 180 teens and adults who took part in The Jerusalem Project this past week pose for a picture in front of Tabernacle Baptist Church.

UNION COUNTY — Some residents in Union, Lockart, Buffalo and Santuc were the beneficiaries of a local ministry that brings together teens and adults from churches throughout the county to bear Christian witness through service to others.

This year marks the fifth year of the Jerusalem Project, a once a year mission by local churches who come together for a week to provide home repairs and improvements for the needy of Union County.

“The Jerusalem Project is where we do missions in our own town,” project member Alison Coker said Thursday. “We go out in the morning and do things like building handicapped ramps, paint, repair porches, and do yard work.”

In addition to working on the houses and yards of the needy, Coker said the teens and adults also work with local organizations that serve the needy, as well as doing other things to help the community.

“In the afternoons, we work at food banks, nursing homes, and child care centers,” Coker said. “We’ve done some things at the library this year. We’ve also done some random acts of kindness at places like Walmart and Bi-Lo.”

Coker said that this year 180 teens and adults from 16 churches are involved with the Jeruslem Project, working on homes in Union, Lockhart, Buffalo and Santuc. She said the participants have worked on a total of 17 houses over the course of the past week.

This year’s Jerusalem Project got under way with a kickoff at Oakbrook Community Church Sunday night and during the next four days project members worked around the county as part of the ministry. Coker said that while normally the ministry takes place Monday-Thursday, if a project still needs to be done, the work continues on Friday.

After a day of ministering through good works, the project members come together to worship in the evening at Oakbrook. Coker said that guest speakers and a band are brought in for the services. She said that this week there had been “six salvations” during the worship services.

For all their hard work this week, Coker said the participants in the Jerusalem Project will be rewarded with a “Fun Night” at Gravitopia in Greenville.

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