For the second year in a row, local middle and high school teenagers spent the better part of one of their summer vacation days giving back to their community.
Powell Fennell, a rising junior at Bulloch Academy and the daughter of Bo and Keely Fennell, organized the more than three dozen teens, whom she said chose to show the love of Christ through their actions and work.
A group of boys did yard work for an elderly man, while others cleared debris from the Georgia Southern University baseball and softball fields.
Students packed bags of groceries at the local food bank, visited two nursing homes, and sorted items at Habitat for Humanity of Bulloch County.
Another group spent time at a downtown apartment complex playing outside with kids, sharing popsicles and fun on a hot morning July 26.
“Kids were waiting on us when we drove up,” Keely Fennell said.
A delegation of youths placed signs in the area a week before announcing their visit the following week.
“And they wanted to know when we were coming back,” she said. “Serving Statesboro was a complete success. It was a phenomenal experience giving and sharing God’s love with our community, Statesboro.”
Powell Fennell, an active member of Statesboro First Baptist Church for many years, came up with the idea of serving her community with her friends after attending a church mission project in another state.
“Two years ago, we went to Charleston, where we were split into groups and went out to help the city,” she said. “My group went to a park to play with kids every day, but other groups cleaned up people’s yards or visited nursing homes or helped in food banks.
“On the way back to Statesboro,” she continued, “people in our youth group were talking about how we could do that right here in Statesboro. And that’s how the idea started.”
Not one for talk without action, Fennell took it upon herself to organize her friends at church, her friends from other churches, school friends and enough adults to chauffeur and assist to make the event happen.
With the success of last summer’s Serving Statesboro project, Fennell repeated the event this summer to make a difference in her community.
She said it was to live out Galatians 5:13 her mom sometimes quotes: “Serve one another humbly in love.”