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BIG HOUSE Texas visits, leaving love behind

 

COLDSPRING – Eighty adults and children descended on the Coldspring area last weekend, leaving behind some much appreciated volunteer work and lots of love. The group represented people from eight United Methodist Churches, including Alvin, Santa Fe, Atascocita, Huntsville, Bellville, Terrace, St. Matthews and Deer Park. Of the 80 people attending the BIG HOUSE Summer Camp and volunteering their time, 27 were adults; five were college age; four were high school age and 44 were junior high youths, ages 11-13. All are members of BIG HOUSE, Texas. BIG HOUSE is an acronym which stands for Believing in God, Helping Others Understand through Service Everywhere. Their mission is to prepare youth and adults to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ, by providing opportunity to be in mission to churches and others in need everywhere. Last weekend volunteers painted, scraped, cleaned and did yard work at eight sites in and around Coldspring. Those sites included a church in Coldspring, the San Jacinto County Senior Citizen's Center where they painted and cleaned a storage shed; San Jacinto County Care Share Mission where they painted; Coldspring Chamber of Commerce where they did yard work; San Jacinto County Child Welfare where they did yard work; the parsonage at Camilla United Methodist Church and the Camilla United Methodist Church where they painted and mowed and the Coldspring Area Public Library where yard work was done. Cost for the day camp is not free. Each person attending paid $110 to participate and volunteer his/her time to enhance the Coldspring area. The fee is used to purchase paint, food, programs and materials. BIG HOUSE was organized in 1996 when 25 people from three youth groups held their first work camp. Since that time it has grown to over 1,000 participants who have worked in 12 camps this past summer, according to BIG HOUSE executive Director Kristen Cleveland

 

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