World Changers work to revitalize Shoals homes and touch hearts

FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – For eight summers now, teens and young adults have converged on the Shoals area in an effort to be their savior’s hands and feet.

They come on a mission to revitalize housing for those who may not be able to – as part of World Changers.

With every crack of the hammer, one more nail is going into the roof of this home on Wood Avenue in Florence.

Jeb Schaffer paid his way to come here as part of World Changers.

This is his sixth year participating, and he’s been all over the country.

“When you see the work you have done and it’s completed, it’s really awesome,” Schaffer explained.

Schaffer is joined by 140 students from across the southeast who are working in the Shoals this week.

He says although they are helping fill a structural need, they have a much higher calling to fulfill.

“Just helping others and showing what God’s will looks like, just helping people and serving others, and just getting people to know Christ,” stated Schaffer.

For 18-year-old Devin Cherry is from Bastrop, Louisiana and this is his first World Changers trip.

Although it has been more work than he expected, he’s humbled by the experience and what they are doing for this home owner.

“You open up to their needs and then it opens up to a more spiritual need. You can get on the level spiritually instead of just working on a house, or a roof, or a bridge, or anything else,” said Cherry.

And the home-owner of this project says it’s inspiring to see kids wanting to spread the gospels by giving back.

Funding for the World Changers projects in the Shoals are paid in part by the city of Florence and the Colbert-Lauderdale Baptist Association.

The world changers group will be working in the Shoals area through July 12th.

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