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Volunteers find purpose with outreach
While a student in high school, Kassie Cadle was kind of a loner. A year ago, after a rough childhood and struggles with depression, Cadle felt she had no other place to turn for help, except to God.

"Last year, things were so bad I started going to the church down the street," said Cadle. "It was my last resort."

Her last resort turned out to be a lifesaver because she believes she has found her calling, which is doing volunteer missions and spreading the word of God in the process.

Cadle now finds herself in the same place she was last summer, sitting on top of a stranger's roof and repairing it with The Dumpster Crew, her World Changers crew name.

This is the second and final week the World Changers, a project of LifeWay Christian Resources that works with churches of the Southeast Baptist Association, will be in Brunswick this summer.

From now until Saturday, over 200 students will be working on houses across the city.

Cadle and her crew are repairing the roof of a house that was painted last week by a crew of different students.

"Last year was my first year, and I was excited to come back because I wanted to help others find Jesus," said Cadle. "Ever since I found him last year, I'm more willing to talk to people about what I know and what he can do."

The 18-year-old got a taste of how it feels to introduce someone to the church during her time with World Changers last summer.

They went to Sugar Hill, Ga., to repair the roof of a house that belonged to a woman whose mother had died three weeks prior to World Changers getting there.

The woman made it clear that she wasn't a Christian, but because of her mother's death, she had questions about God's grace and goodness, Cadle said.

By the end of the week, the woman was praying with Cadle and the World Changers crew, and visited the church at which they were staying in Sugar Hill.

"We had 11 people, and we all talked to her," Cadle said. "I felt great. I was one of those people who helped her change how she felt about God and the church."

Cadle, who will be a freshman at Winston-Salem State University in the fall, hopes to do missions with World Changers throughout her college career.

Much like Cadle, Rachel Ungaro, a soon-to-be freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has hopes of doing future volunteer missions. Even though this is her first year with World Changers, she has goals of doing volunteer work using her college education in dentistry.

"I want to (do volunteer) work in the short-term, like next summer," said Ungaro. "After school, in the long-term, I think I could use my medical experience to help people in other countries."

Peter Copeland, a coordinator for World Changers, says students can volunteer as long as they want, because there is not an age limit.

"The students have an attitude of serving the Lord, " Copeland said. "It encourages World Changers projects like these."

* Reporter Martin Rand III covers local news. Contact him at, on Facebook, or at 265-8320, ext. 324.

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