ROCK HILL, S.C. -- The sounds of hammers and nails and singing and laughter came from two houses under repair in southern York County Wednesday as crews of teenage student volunteers work on two houses on Southland Street.
"It's fun; you get to spend the week with good people," said one teen from Georgia as he worked on a rooftop, "We all love Jesus, and we have that one common thing."
The teens will paint, hammer and clean up several homes in the town of Rock Hill.
Each student pays around $250 to take part in the program that will allow them to work on houses of homeowners who can't afford to make the needed repairs.
"They are laying their lives down for a week and they are just serving. That is our goal; that is our mission: just to serve others," said Alyse Malavasi, Missions and Communication Specialist with World Changers, "The key, honestly, is to show the love of Christ."
The students are part of the World Changers group, which is an initiative of LifeWay Christian Resources. World Changers has gone into communities in need for the past 22 summers to help improve living conditions of people around the United States and Canada.
"This is my tenth trip. I started because it was fun to come, but then as you got older I realized exactly what it means to these people," said Emily Coleman of Cochran Georgia, "I feel like I get more blessing out of it than them, you know, so I love it."
More than 230 students are taking part in the program in Rock Hill, coming from church groups in Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, South and North Carolina.
Funding for the projects is provided by the City of Rock Hill, who has partnered with World Changers for the past 19 years.
"Our partnerships are the key to the past 22 years," said John bailey, team leader for World Changers.