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Gatekeepers Workcamp

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Gatekeepers Workcamp began at Lakeside Baptist Church in 1992 as a missions partnership between a consortium of Rocky Mount churches. In this, the twenty-sixth consecutive year of Gatekeepers Workcamp, we had approximately 100 youth and nearly 60 from thirteen area churches. This year, Gatekeepers provided assistance by renovating eight homes for elderly and disabled homeowners in our community.

The Mission of Gatekeepers Workcamp is to provide a hands-on, Christian mission experience for youth in grades 6-12 in an ecumenical setting and to provide free home repairs for homeowners who are unable to maintain their homes because of financial or physical limitations. The goals of Gatekeepers Workcamp are to provide hands to work for Christ, ears to listen as Christ, and hearts to be changed by Christ; to expose young people to the needs of their city and their communities; to help youth to become involved in the lives of others, especially those different from themselves; and to provide free home repairs for individuals and families in need.

2017 Participating Churches: Church of the Good Shepherd, Conetoe Chapel Baptist Church, Englewood United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church, Lakeside Baptist Church, Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church, and West Haven Presbyterian Church. We also had participants from Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, Calvary Episcopal Church, Englewood Baptist Church, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and St. Therese Catholic Church.

It would be impossible for us to do this ministry each year without the support of many community partners: Gatekeepers would like to thank those groups and businesses that have supported our missions efforts: Daughtridge Oil & Gas/Fuel Doc & Oasis Stores (with special thanks to Southco Distributing Company, COCA-COLA Consolidated, Frito Lay, Inc., Pepsi Bottling Ventures LLC, and Snyder's-Lance), Don Bulluck Chevrolet, Sundrop, Boddie-Noell Enterprises, Ken Lyons Plumbing, Ron Sowers Photography, Chambliss and Rabil Contractors, Flora's Glass, Jim Dickens Printing, Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse, Diggs Wimberly Paint and Stain, Southern Mattress, Wholesale Paint, Pizza Inn - Hunter Hill Road, Chick-Fil-A - Cobb Corners, Subway - Westridge Shopping Center, Chew and Chat, and UTZ Snack Foods.

Special thanks to those members of the Lakeside family who invested so much of themselves at our work sites throughout the week: Madi Adkins, Anna Anderson, Alaya Banks, Andy Barker, Carol Barker, Eli Bass, Dianne Bulluck, Ginny Cobb, Jeremy Cobb, Madison Costa, Stella Costa, Wayne Cotton, Meagan Daugherty, Doug Edwards, Spencer Edwards, Jerry Hamrick, Bruce Harris, Scooter Hedgepeth, Dan Herring, Tyler Holden, Casey McAuliffe, Louis O’Neal, Sara Raper, Emily Raynor, Jan Raynor, Jim Raynor, Beth Seagroves, Kiley Shearon, Marshall Ward, Jacob Watkins, Henry Williams, J. N. Willcox, and Jody Wright.

Many other people also helped to make Gatekeepers run smoothly. Thanks to our lunch coordinators, Susan Skinner and Beth Pridgen; our photographers, Sue Bulluck and Terry Martin; our refreshment coordinators, Dennis and Brenda Culpepper; and our cookout coordinators, Angela Allen and Teresa Herring. Others who also made donations of food or supplies or volunteered their time are: Members of Circle 10, Circle M, Faith Class, Grace Bible Class, Janet Sykes, Dick Berry, James Biggs, Sue Cataline, Anne Chappell, Ricky Cobb, Jim Dickens, Alicia Hamrick, Michele Harrold, Leon Henderson, Teresa Herring, Bill Kincheloe, Debra Kincheloe, Linda Millar, Molly Pitt, Don Raper, Genie Raper, Hope Reese, Keith Ballentine, Don Bulluck, Brenda Cotton, Leon Henderson, Jim Martin, and Andrew Robillard.

Thank you to the Lakeside staff for all of your extra time and effort preparing for Gatekeepers - Liz Broomell, Linda Davis, Milton Marrow, Napoleon Taylor and Sharon Taylor.

Thank you, also, to those who made contributions to the Workcamp Scholarship Fund. With your help, we were able to offer scholarships for ten youth to participate in Gatekeepers this year.

For more information about Gatekeepers Workcamp, to volunteer or to request assistance through our program, please contact Elizabeth Edwards, Associate Minister and Gatekeepers Coordinator, or click here. If you are part of a participating congregation, please contact your church to register.

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