Students and adults from Chardon, Ohio, help clean up MetaCamp in Dadeville during a mission trip in an effort to serve others. | Jessica Hargett

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Ohio volunteers assist with cleanup

Published 1:41pm Thursday, June 28, 2012

A group of students and adults from Chardon, Ohio, have been in Tallapoosa County since Sunday in an effort to help with the continued clean-up effort of recent tornadoes.

The Ohio team, which is composed of members of Morning Star Friends Church, focused their efforts on cleaning up Meta Camp located near Paces Point in Dadeville.

MetaCamp, which used to be Camp Civitan, Camp ASCCA’s Dadeville campus, is an experiential training center for missionaries and followers of Jesus to become fruitful disciples who in turn disciple others.

Serving along side the Ohio team were people from various churches throughout Tallapoosa County.

Altogether, the collaboration of churches and team members of about 50 people was called “Inasmuch” 2012, based from the biblical scripture in Matthew 25:40, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

Camp owners, staff and current missionaries, Curtis and Debie Sergeant, said they have made great strides since the purchase of the land back in August 2011, and now the 32 acres of land are being restored after being ravaged by an EF-4 tornado on April 27, 2011.

“Having them come help has been great,” Curtis said. “There are so many things here that are just so overwhelming when you look at doing it yourself, but when you’ve got 30 or 40 people suddenly it’s not so overwhelming.”

Organizer and local youth minister of LifeSpring Church in Dadeville, Keith Brown said that the team from Ohio wanted to honor their commitment to serve others despite the recent shooting at Chardon High School. Brown said Wednesday marked the four-month anniversary of the incident.

When the team from Ohio arrived, they met Sunday with other team members from Tallapoosa County at The Arbor owned by Alexander City First United Methodist Church. There they held worship prayer and had dinner.

Each day they worked in small teams, doing whatever was needed around MetaCamp and then convened at churches throughout the area for evenings filled with worship and testimonies. Meals were also provided ever day by different area churches or individuals.

Today, Thursday, they will have a closing ceremony and head back to Ohio.

“They came down to serve and that’s been their primary focus,” Brown said. “They came down here to be a blessing to others, and the folks in Dadeville, Alexander city and Jackson’s Gap have instead been a blessing to them…It’s obvious from talking to them that they are the ones being ministered to.”