Hot time for good works

Jun. 20, 2013 @ 06:04 PM

On the first day of summer Friday, many people ponder when to take vacations, enjoy time off from work and lounge by the pool.
But for local young people like Tyler Steelman, Bailey Blevins and Brad Crawford, the summer is a chance to spend part of the season doing good works and helping others.
Steelman, a High Point University student, and Blevins and Crawford, high school students who attend Life Community Church, will devote chunks of their summer to helping people on mission trips. They say that they look forward to the down time from academic studies to find time to act on their Christian faith. 
Steelman, a native of Thomasville and rising senior at HPU, will travel next month to the far western end of North Carolina to help people in and around the town of Franklin. The mission, arranged through the religious group World Changers and Carolina Memorial Baptist Church in Thomasville, will include repairing homes and building wheelchair access ramps at houses of people who can’t afford or perform the work.
“(Volunteering) a week is the least I can do to help lower-income families or handicapped people,” said Steelman, the president of the HPU Student Government Association. “It’s a lot easier to do these larger projects during the summer over an entire week.”
Blevins and Crawford also will make a mission trip next month with about 30 fellow members of the church off of Wendover Avenue in Jamestown near the northern High Point city limit. The church will make the mission trip to Cedarville, Ohio, and a concentration will be on helping children in the community, said Leadership Pastor Ryan Robertson.
Blevins, a rising sophomore at Ledford High School, said she keeps a busy schedule even during the summer. But she looks forward to taking several days for a trip out of state to help people she’s never met.
“It’s a rejuvenation of your faith,” said Crawford, a rising senior at Southwest Guilford High School. | 888-3528