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Baptist students from McNeese help with flood cleanup

Published: Mar. 29, 2016 at 10:12 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 29, 2016 at 11:27 PM CDT
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Many college students are having fun in the sun somewhere for spring break. But some members of the McNeese Baptist Collegiate Ministry have other plans.

They're helping flood victims.

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Residents in the flood-stricken area are appreciative for any help they can get and especially grateful for the young people who've given up Spring Break to lend a hand.

They suit up, put on masks or respirators and work.

"We just want to be a blessing to them and help them through this hard time because it really is a hard time for them and we want to be there for them emotionally and just want to be able to support them in any way we can," youth pastor Jared Causey said.

They seem to think it's better than lying on a beach.

"We are helping with the disaster relief effort to come and mud out these houses and just love other people,"said student Heather Dowers.

Student Olivia Bergen admits it's hard work.

"Yesterday a few of us were under the house taking out insulation. It was wet and it was dirty but we had a good time. We got to know each other a little bit better as well as the area," she said.

She says they are doing what they're meant to do.

"This is what we love to do. This is what we feel we are called to do. So, this is why we're here. People are on beaches having fun, but this is how we have fun. This is how we get to know each other."

Chuck and Theresia Smith's house is more than 100 years old and has had a lot of work put into it over the years. But the Smiths now both have health problems and can't physically jump in and help. They are so grateful.

"I think it's the greatest thing they could've ever done," said Chuck. "They're all young and they get in there and get it done - some of the things I could have never done."

Theresia agrees.

"I just think it's awesome to see them so involved in something like that," she said. "You don't usually see that. May God bless them all."

Diane Conner is one of the adult leaders.

"It just shows each one of them have a servant's heart, are willing to serve, take time out of their spring break to come out and serve our community with their time that they have during spring break," she said.

It's hard if not exhausting work, but the young people say the payoff is the fulfillment they get in being of service to others.

About 25 students with the Ministry are working this week in the areas that flooded.

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