MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – A group of students who set out to change the world stopped by the Shoals this week.
The “World Changers” are on a mission to do good for others, help communities and spread love. 142 of them from across the country are in the Florence area this week working on a variety of projects to help improve lives.
“Right now, we are building a wheelchair ramp for a lady that was in a car accident,” explained World Changer Jackie McCathran.
Board by board, nail by nail the students are set out to complete projects at 17 worksites around the Shoals. They include wheelchair ramps, siding houses, painting and landscaping.
It’s a small gesture, but one that comes with a lot of heart behind it.
“They can change the city, and change the world,” smiled Lauren Hicks with World Changers. “There are physical needs in the community that need to be met and also hopefully spiritual needs that could be met as well.”
Their work is faith-based, and their journey came from their own pockets. Groups spend months raising money for these mission trips. They are motivated by the will to make a difference.
“The love of each other,” said McCathran. “The way we all feel about God, we’re all so passionate about God and we’re all just ready to chip in and work and do anything we can to keep it going.”
Florence is the first stop of many this summer for the World Changers. They’re lodging at Hibbett Middle School. The Colbert-Lauderdale association provides the materials, and the students do the work.
World Changers has stopped by the Florence area for nine years now, and it is an initiative if LifeWay Christian Resources.
This year, more than 12,000 students will be working in more than 75 cities in the United States and Puerto Rico.