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Updated: 7/29 9:35 am
HOUSTON, Miss. (WTVA)--With one phone call, several teenagers from Calvary Church in Cordova, Tennessee, are spending the summer working for free.

"After a few weeks of discussions and dreaming a few dreams, this is where we landed," said Daniel Medders, youth pastor at Calvary Church. 

The teens are in Houston for one week, helping complete a playground for a church.

"The church here didn't have a place for their kids to play. So, we talked about some of the dreams they had to build a play set. So, we decided to partner with them and help fund it and build it," Medders stated.  

"It's been real nice for our teenagers. They see they can do more than just go to church," said Cody Childress, Fellowship Church of the Nazarene in Houston. 

To take on this project, the teens understand that the accomodations are not ideal, but they do not complain.

"We are sleeping on air mattresses. We are driving to Davis Lake and showering in their state park facilities," Medders added. 

Building the playground is all part of the group's mission work, and that includes the funding. 

"The bulk load of lumber the students paid for out of their pockets," Medders said. 

"I just want to spread the word of God. I mean everybody needs it," said Adam Mowery of Calvary. 

"It's so rewarding to impact lives and help others to see God and see his glory and shine his light where ever we go," stated Tate Foster of Calvary Church.

The teens say the fellowship with strangers and younger kids is well worth the effort.

"It's amazing. They [younger kids] are a lot of fun. They are very sweet.  No matter what we need they are there to help us out. Their kids are amazing," said Victoria Allen of Calvary Church.  

"The difficult part is also the best part, and that's handling the kids. They are pretty rowdy," said Devon Halliburton of Calvary. 

"Probably the most rewarding thing I do is work with students, and see them impact their culture and the community in which they live," said Medders.


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