Car wash benefits Gists Creek Baptist mission trip
The Gists Creek Baptist Church youth held their annual car wash on Saturday at the Pit Stop in Pigeon Forge. Funds support the youth in their yearly mission trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C.
"It's not about fun," said Ila Douglass, one of the church's youth directors. "We enjoy it, and we are rewarded, but these kids really work."
While in Myrtle Beach, the youth group works mission sites such as a local soup kitchen, the juvenile detention center, nursing homes and even the streets.
"You'd be surprised at the courage these kids have to just walk up to people on the street and pray with them for a few minutes," Douglass said.
The youths witness to others. "Every year, when we've been at Lighthouse (an emergency crisis center for youth), someone has accepted the Lord as their savior," Douglass said. "We really feel like we're making a difference."
The group also sees changes in the lives of its own members. "One year a girl from our church got saved," said youth group member Destyni Douglass. "The next day she got baptized in the ocean."
Usually the only beach time the group gets is about an hour a day, when they push a lemonade cart down the beach and share the gospel with others. Youth member Lisa Garrett said, "I didn't even get in the ocean last year."
"The whole time we are there, we are sharing the Lord's message with as many people as we possibly can," Douglass said.