Augusta, GA -
The middle school and high school students of Warren Baptist Church are dedicating 5 days to giving back to the community. Instead of taking an overseas mission trip, Youth students are traveling 30 minutes, at most, to volunteer in their hometown. Youth Pastor, Grant Janik, came up with the idea last year and named it Kingdom Project.
"We want people to realize that we can go out and make an impact. Not for a city, not for a church but for the kingdom of God," Janik said.
He says he wants to invest time and energy into the community and Warren Baptist students seem to be on board.
"You don't have to go all the way to Africa to do a big mission trip, I mean, you can do it right here in your town," said Grace Iverson, a twelve-year-old youth member.
With over 200 students participating, Kingdom Project splits them into groups and each day they perform a different service. Some of the events include; Care Pregnancy, Goodwill, and Julie's House Thrift Store. The work and labor depends on where they go and who they are helping, but the different sites love having the extra help.
"I couldn't run this operation without my volunteers," says Pat Bourke, founder of Julie's House, a non-profit organization raising money for homeless women with kids.