Coast teens welcome in town
A DESIRE to help drought affected communities brought a Gold Coast youth outreach program to St George over the weekend.
Over three days, Chain Reactions journeyed from the south-east to Orange, New South Wales, and St George.
Starting on Friday, the 12 youths and their six leaders helped out locals, including house and yard clean ups, and helping Care Balonne move furniture and boxes to their new office location.
Callum Cyrrell from Chain Reactions said they did an outreach program every year and this year they were drawn towards the two rural locations.
"Each time when we're choosing where to go, we pray, and ask the Lord where he wants to send us.
"The message we got this year was to go where people are drought affected and thirsty and need some encouragement.”
Mr Cyrrell said his group of youths hoped to continue a relationship with the people they met in St George, including the primary and secondary- school aged children who took part in the three-day kids program, and Friday night's youth program.
In addition to their "practical serving”, the group invited locals to a barbecue by the river on Saturday night, and ran church services on Sunday.
"I think there was a lot of appreciation from the people of St George for us coming out all that way.
"They don't have many visitors being as far west as they are, so we had a lot of comments from people saying how glad they were that we came, and that they were sad to see us go.
"We were sad to leave, and we had comments from our youths telling us they were keen to go back, or even stay out there a little longer.”
Mr Cyrrell said it would be a logical move for his group to continue to build on relationships like the ones established in St George.
"We're always looking to work with different churches and community groups.
"We're so thankful to the people of St George for allowing us into their community for a few days.”