MILLEDGEVILLE — First United Methodist Church (FUMC) will host its 16th annual River of Life next month as the leaders prepare for another successful year.
Nearly 200 volunteers from 10 churches throughout Georgia will participate this year, with participants’ ages ranging from rising seventh-graders to adults.
FUMC members involved with River of Life hope that the successes of these projects will not only help the communities involved, but also the lives of the volunteers.
Coordinator Marty Sirmans said this will be a time for everyone involved to better themselves through spiritual renewal and connections with new and old friends.
“It is a time of growth and getting to know each other,” Sirmans said.
The project will begin on Wednesday, July 10 after the volunteers are split up into teams of a few adults and youth.
Teams split up by location of the volunteers, allowing for them to meet new people from new places and build these friendships.
Everyone will check into the GCSU dorms between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. for team meetings, and then gather at the John Milledge Academy Trojan Center for a praise worship service.
For the following Thursday through Saturday, the teams will wake up for a 7:30 a.m. breakfast and travel to their specific work sites.
Projects will take place on more than 30 sites this year and will include many types of renovations — from building ramps, doing yard work and painting houses.
River of Life volunteers will team up with Habitat for Humanity this year to work on new Habitat homes and restore an old one that was abandoned.
Teams will work until a lunch break, hosted at Hopewell United Methodist Church, and then continue work into the afternoon until a rest time at the dorms.
Volunteers and leaders will meet for dinner and a praise and worship service.