Teenagers Collide with missions in Savannah
    November 2 2009 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor

    Vicky Cornett already is planning a trip to Albuquerque, N.M., in June 2010. She hopes to take a group from Dudley Shoals Baptist Church in Granite Falls to Collide, an annual hands-on coed missions opportunity for students sponsored by Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU). The first Collide was in 2008 in Hawaii.

    Cornett, with six youth and two other adults from Dudley Shoals, joined nearly 170 volunteers from 10 states in Collide in Savannah, Ga., in July.

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    Dudley Shoals Baptist Church members Jessi Miller, from left, Kindley Scott, and Kaitlyn Williams volunteer in Savannah, Ga., with Collide.

    During the week, students hosted block parties, backyard Bible clubs with churches, and Vacation Bible School at an international church; worked in a pregnancy crisis center, homeless shelters, the Second Harvest Food Bank, the Savannah Baptist Center, and the Savannah Baptist Center Church; and assisted in area schools, prayer walked, fed the homeless, and painted.

    Cornett, said the prayer walking experience was a highlight for her group who were participating in Collide for the first time.

    “It was a rainy day when we did our prayer walking,” said Cornett in a WMU article, “but there was a peacefulness as we walked around our block and read the scriptures that were provided and prayed for the people of Savannah. 

    “In the midst of the darkness, the presence of the Holy Spirit was felt all around us.”

    Cornett asserted that Collide is especially good for groups who may be new to missions work because everything is planned. 

    “There are many worship opportunities to participate in as a group,” she said in the article.

    “It is not only a time to serve others, but it is also a time for groups to become closer in our Lord Jesus Christ.”

    She said her girls “became closer as a group” on the trip and were able to share a servant heart to those they helped while in Savannah.

    “I was so very proud of our girls,” said Cornett.

    “They were probably one of the hardest working groups I have ever been on a mission trip with.” 

    The trip has triggered ideas for Cornett since the group returned.

    “Although we live in a small, rural community, there are shelters and soup kitchens in neighboring towns where we can do the same types of work that we did in Savannah,” said Cornett.

    “Prayer walking can be done anywhere.”

    Other North Carolina groups also made the trip to Savannah. Several ladies shared experiences about the co-ed trip on the Woman’s Missionary Union of North Carolina web site (www.wmunc.org):

    Mary Caitlin Clark, a national Acteens panelist and an N.C. Acteens panelist from Galeed Baptist in Bladenboro:

    “God had a huge blessing in store for us in Savannah, and we could feel His presence everywhere. “We were able to paint faces and perform puppet shows for the kids in the housing projects and even got to share the gospel.

    “It didn’t take long for us to realize, however, that no matter how prepared we thought we were, it was very hard to keep the attention of a large group of children, and the best Plan B was to just show them how much we loved them.

    “Most people never realize the amount of poverty in America until they experience it themselves.”

    • Linda Lowery went to Savannah with a group from Beulah Baptist Association:

    “We opened our hearts to Savannah and saw our own lives changed as a result.”

    • Ruby Benge, a Youth on Mission leader from Philadelphia Baptist Church in Stanfield:

    “One inspiring thing for me was watching God use the young people and seeing them grow and mature during the week.”

    Collide will be held June 19–25, 2010, in Albuquerque.

    Visit www.wmu.com.

    11/2/2009 10:22:00 AM by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor | with 0 comments

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