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Volunteers leave legacy for church

A group of volunteers spent the past week building most of the framework for a new Family Life Center for New Hope Baptist Church just south of Aubrey.

With their recreational vehicles circling the project, the estimated 100 volunteers with Campers on Mission built the 20,000-square-foot facility from the ground up. Though the volunteers left Saturday, the building is well on its way to completion, church officials say.

Church officials say the center will enhance its ministries not only for members but for the surrounding communities as a whole. The center, once finished, will include educational space for more than 400 people, a kitchen, fellowship hall and a gymnasium complete with a basketball court.

“This is a great addition to our church,” said Lisa Temple, a member of the church at 5800 U.S. Highway 380, to staff writer John D. Harden. “And it isn’t just for us — it’s for the community and everyone around.”

The volunteers, who offered their services free of charge, often donate their time and skills where they are needed the most, according to Rickey Youngblood, a representative of Campers on Mission, which includes people from Texas and other states including Oklahoma, Arkansas, Indiana, Missouri and Louisiana — to name a few.

Campers on Mission is a national fellowship of Christian campers who work in cooperation with the Adult Volunteer Mobilization Unit of the North American Mission Board and the Southern Baptist Convention.

For one local congregation, those volunteers left a lasting legacy — a legacy of how strangers can come together to accomplish a goal and, in this case, a place where others can come together to perhaps accomplish even more goals.