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Impact Virginia! Wraps Up a Great Week in Danville

A student cuts a piece of wood to repair a front porch.
A student cuts a piece of wood to repair a front porch.

Media Coverage of Impact Virginia! in Danville:

WDBJ 7: Hundreds of teens, adults spruce up Danville homes for mission work

WSET 13: 200 Teens Spend Week Sprucing Up Danville Homes

Martinsville Bulletin: Teens have an ‘Impact!’ by repairing local home

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By Nathan White, VBMB Web Minister

Every day this week, nearly 200 students, leaders, and crew chiefs fanned out from Averett University in the early morning heat.

Riding church buses and vans, they traveled to different locations throughout Danville and the surrounding region.

This year’s theme is “In Step” from Galatians 5:25 – “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit”.

Reba Clayton with granddaughter Mauren Cofield
Reba Clayton with granddaughter Mauren Cofield.

Going to Impact is a family affair for Reba Clayton. From Colosse Baptist Church, both her husband and son are crew chiefs.

Four grandchildren and one nephew are also at the camp. She hopes two more grandchildren will join them next year.

“I love it. The youth keep me young. I certainly learn a lot from them.”

Kevin Grant came to Impact for the first time because of family. A pastor at a church in West Virginia just north of Winchester, his children like to go to church with their cousins at Broadway Baptist Church.

“Last year they came back talking about how great Impact was. I was jealous and said that I would love to go. So here I am!”

Megan Foster
Megan Foster poses at her work site in Danville.

Another first timer to Impact is Megan Foster, wife of Rev. Lee Foster. Lee is serving as interim pastor at First Baptist Church, Chase City.

Not a stranger to work related mission projects, she said that “the youth wanted me to come, so I jumped at the opportunity to work with them. I’m very excited I was able to come.”

Youth at the different sites expressed similar motivations for wanting to come to Impact.

Carsan Stevens of Sandston Baptist Church said that she likes to help people. “I really like the before and after when we’re done working on a house.”

McKenna Kolesar of Webber Memorial Baptist Church said “I like helping people, especially when they can’t do it by themselves.”

A rising college freshman, this is McKenna’s sixth year at Impact. When asked if she would be coming back as a chaperone next summer, she emphatically nodded. “Oh, yes.”

Jake Colgin, foreground, and other crew members take a break during the 95 degree heat.
Jake Colgin, foreground, and other crew members take a break during the 95 degree heat.

McKenna is one of many students who come back year after year. Jake Colgin is working at his 12th Impact in nine years.

From Webber Memorial Baptist Church, he explained the math and said that there were summers where he attended more than one Impact camp.

When asked why he comes back, now as a chaperone, he simply stated “I felt called to come here.”

His favorite job? “Roofing.”

With having Averett as the base camp, crew chief Veronica Moore of Greenpond Baptist Church, Chatham, mentioned that she really liked the beds. “Sometimes we’re on floors in schools or churches, but the beds are quite nice.”

She was also grateful that students could get a taste of the college experience. “If they work hard in school, they can go to college themselves.”

After this week, the Impact crew will travel to Culpeper, Gloucester, and Staunton. Overall, sixty churches and 800 people will participate this summer.

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  1. Thank you Impact for the experience you afforded my boys

  2. First Baptist, Dancille, really appreciates your having come to us, for all the hard work/labor you did in high temps, and for displaying such positive attitudes. Thank you and God bless.