Posted by in Chelsea Charpia,City Mission - News | June 16, 2012

It’s no surprise that God is in every aspect of our adventures in Southeast Roanoke. The past three weeks have been full of gardening and construction work at The Campbell House to bring it to its full potential. Even though the neighborhood kids have been hard at work planting their garden and keeping up with it, there is always room for more volunteers on Saturday mornings. Over the past month God has certainly delivered in the area of volunteers as it seems that more and more believers are embracing the concept of being missionaries in everyday life.  That is what we have been called to.

Around Mothers Day, Cindy Markham crossed paths with a young man at a Christian bookstore who was looking for a church. She invited him to Renovation Church and to check out our breakfast party on Saturday mornings. It’s been history since then and we are delighted to have Cory on board with us. Cory lives in Ohio and attends college there but is in Roanoke for the summer for an internship with Norfolk Southern. He has been a faithful volunteer on Saturday mornings making sure to talk to all of our neighborhood friends and make everyone feel welcome. Cory also attends the Sunday evening service at Renovation Church and has even provided his guitar and David Sandoval’s singing voice to lead us all in worship!

Recently, Cory brought another intern with him on Saturday mornings named Brooke. Brooke is from Wisconsin but attends school in Los Angeles and is also in Roanoke for the summer. She came into our breakfast party and fit right in with all of us lending another friendly face to greet our neighborhood friends. God works in mysterious ways and the fact that we’ve gained these two young people on our team of volunteers is definitely a God thing. We couldn’t be more grateful for their help and are excited to hopefully spend the rest of the summer with them.

Michelle and Guy Hellier are two of our core volunteers here in Southeast but recently their eighteen year old son, Justin, has been coming to help out with the breakfast party. It’s always a blessing to see young people doing God’s work and we can never have too many young people around to help with the kids who come out to eat breakfast. Along with Justin we have also gained the help of Sarah Gobble and Kate Durrett! Their friendly faces and warm welcomes have been such a blessing to not only our neighbors but to the other volunteers.

While seeing an increase in volunteers is always a blessing, we have also gained the help of a handyman for Southeast. Brad Kachmar is now the face of everything work related around the Campbell House. We are thrilled to have him on board with us helping with things around our neighborhood hangout. He is such a hard worker and we couldn’t run so smoothly if it wasn’t for his dedication and discipline to the cause.

While Brad, Justin, Sarah, Kate and Cory have been coming and helping quite faithfully lately at the breakfast party, this past Saturday we saw many more new faces.  Shelly and John Obenshain and their kids came out to help us do some demo work in the house along with some gardening. They were extremely hard workers and we really appreciated their help. Leigh Carter, who is friend of Kristi’s also came to check things out.

We were thrilled to see so many new faces and we hope to see them all again. God is on the move in the hearts of his people and we are excited about what that means for the great city of Roanoke!


Written by Chelsea Charpia

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