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Hands-on faith

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Youth attending the national youth gathering of Lutheran Church-Canada in Ottawa will put their faith into action Monday, July 9 working with Christian Horizons group homes. The young volunteers will help the organization with maintenance at several of their properties.

At 1769 Fisher Ave, they will help with some landscaping beginning around 2:30 p.m. Not far away, at 41 Sachs Forest Place, another group will stain a deck and help with yard work beginning around 2:30 p.m. as well. Suzanne Pye, volunteer coordinator for Christian Horizons, says that the efforts by the Lutheran youth will dramatically speed up the work required at these residences. "These projects would have taken our staff a lot longer to do were it not for the enthusiastic support from these teams," Pye said.

"We've got a lot of energy and young muscles to share with Ottawa" explained Lori Schultz, gathering organizer. "It's important that we try to make a difference in the lives of others while we are here."

Meantime, another group from the gathering will meet on Parliament Hill where they will participate in a prayer event. Joel Haberstock, from Vernon, B.C. is leading the gruop and explains that the Bible says Christians are to pray for the men and women in government. "What better place to do that than Parliament Hill?" he asks.

The triennial youth gathering is in its third day in the nation's capital. It wraps up Tuesday at noon.

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