Good Samaritans stopped by Maysville during the week to serve the community and share the good news.
Maysville was visited by the charity group Kentucky Changers, which aided the community by performing construction projects to residents’ homes throughout the week. The organization’s goal is to serve through construction projects and spread the gospel in the process.
“Our primary purpose is to spread the gospel, and we use construction as our avenue to do that,” said Barry Akins, one of the crew chiefs that oversees his group’s project.
Thursday saw the Kentucky Changers work on homes on Carolina Avenue in Maysville, where porches needed rebuilt, wheelchair ramps installed and roofs repaired. The bulk of the workforce on these projects are teenagers and young adults who volunteer their time over the summer to help the needy.
“We usually have four projects a year, and this is the first one of this year,” Akins said, referring to the work they’ve done in Maysville. “Next week is in Covington, then there’s a break, and there’s Russelville, and then Richmond-Berea.
Cody Lockhart, assistant crew chief, said the Changers performed 16 projects in Maysville over the week, with 14 crews who split up to work them. Crews are structured with a crew chief, assistant crew chief and an adult leader. The teens who work in the crews come from all around the state, though there are some who are Maysville residents.
“In some cases, nobody really knows each other the first night we’re assembled into a crew,” Akins said. “We go to church together on Sunday, and then we visit the homeowner. We’ll have a small practice project on Sunday just to teach basic skills and evaluate each kid.”
All of the materials and funding used for the project are provided through a variety of means, whether it be though the city, or donations.
“Different cities have different funding,” Akins said. “Sometimes it’s the association, the Baptist association for this area, that will provide a lot of the funding. Sometimes the city actually provides some of the funding, and then a lot of private donations.”
Cody Ray, 16, from Greensburg, has been working with the Kentucky Changers for four years. He said he loves meeting and helping people and discovering new methods of sharing his faith.
“My preacher, one day, said there was this camp where you go and work, but while you work, you learn about God,” Ray said. “I thought, ‘huh, that sounds fun,’ so I went, and I fell in love with it.”
Although construction and community service appears to be at the forefront of the group’s activities, the children receive greater satisfaction from sharing their faith.
“It’s a lot of work,” said Autumn Sidebottom, 15, also from Greensburg. “Last year we didn’t get a good chance to talk to our home owner too much, but this year we’ve had a lot of chances to talk to her and she actually got saved yesterday, and that’s the greatest part about it.”
Christy Burton, the homeowner in question, is overjoyed to see people coming together to help one another. Seeing the Kentucky Changers at work gives her hope for humanity.
“There’s still good people in this world,” Burton said.