Fixing One Home at a Time

9 years 9 months 3 weeks ago July 02, 2007 Jul 2, 2007 Monday, July 02 2007 Monday, July 02, 2007 5:46:02 PM CDT in News
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Teenagers from Wyoming to Mississippi wanted to make a change so they came to Moberly to lend a hand. On Thursday night, Thomas Dameron found a big problem when he went to bed.

"The bed was wet," Dameron said. "So I jumped up... What's wrong? There was a three foot hole that fell out of the ceiling."

It was something he couldn't afford to fix. But luckily for Dameron, that's where the mission group World Changers comes in.

"We're stripping the down the roof," said Derek Phillips, a volunteer. "We're taking off all of the shingles and then we're going to take off all of the rafters and put new ones in there."

This is Phillips' sixth year in the group. But he's never tackled a project so big.

"There's just holes everywhere," Phillips said. "Boards are creaking, and they said it could collapse if we don't watch out."

The group is under the watchful eye of Marvin Delk, a construction professional who volunteers his time. World Changers is a Southern Baptist Organization that allows teens from all over the states to do mission work around the US and Canada. The USDA donated the construction materials for this project from the shingles down to the insulation.

The labor is all done by the group.

"We love coming into communities, especially Moberly," said Nicole Bogue of World Changers. "It's great to be here to spread the word of God and share what he's done in our lives."

Homeowners like Dameron love the help.

"It's wonderful," Dameron said. "I really appreciate it."

The mission group will be in Moberly for the rest of the week. Other groups of teenagers and volunteers are working in other places from Alaska to Florida all summer.

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