Iowa volunteers are working in Region 8

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A group of out of state volunteers is working to help make Region 8 a better place. Twenty people from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa came to Jonesboro to work all week at City Youth Ministries.

Volunteer Wendell Kampman says this is not the first time someone from Northwestern has made a trip to City Youth. "Northwestern College has been connected with City Youth for a number of years, now," Kampman said. "This is our spring break at our college and we have spring break services. So, we are here helping out. We know the people here are great and we just want to be a part of it. Give them a few more hands and feet to get things done."

Volunteers are working all week by painting, cleaning and even fixing things that need to be done. Kampman says a major focus at Northwestern is service to others. "Our college has a focus on helping our students to become the servants that God wants us to be," Kampman said. "We're just helping ministries that are already in place, seeing if we can do some things to help their facilities."

Sophomore Michael Simmelink is volunteering with this group for the first time this year, and says he's really getting as much as he's giving out of this experience. "I'm really enjoying this," Simmelink said. "I think what is probably the best part about it is it gives us a chance to meet with people on campus that you normally wouldn't associate with because the groups are randomly paired. So, I've really gotten to know the people on my team that I haven't met before."

Kampman says he takes away a lot from this type of service. "We probably get more out of it than City Youth does," Kampman said. "Because we're here just to see what God has put in place with Rennell and the rest of his staff. We want to be God's hands and feet. And if we can get that hands on experience, I think that carries on forever and ever."

Simmelink believes everyone should work to step up when it comes to helping others. "Throwing 20 in an offering plate when you've got a hundred left in your wallet, I don't think that's what we're really called to do," Simmelink said. "Giving needs to hurt a little bit. And I think we're called to sacrifice more than a lot of us do."

There are 13 groups of 200 people volunteering all over the world. Three of the groups are working overseas and ten are volunteering in ministries all over the United States.

For more information about the City Youth Ministries, you can log onto their website.

For additional information about Northwestern College in Iowa, click here.

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