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World Changers: Religious youth pay to serve East St. Louis area

World Changers volunteer Madison Sebatian, 14, of Louisville, Kentucky carries rocks along with other volunteers who were helping clear a lot owned by the nearby Christian Activity Center in East St. Louis.
World Changers volunteer Madison Sebatian, 14, of Louisville, Kentucky carries rocks along with other volunteers who were helping clear a lot owned by the nearby Christian Activity Center in East St. Louis. News-Democrat

Teens from across the nation paid to come to the metro-east and volunteer their labor this past week.

World Changers is a Christian group whose volunteers travel the country during students' school break to do construction and renovation work, landscaping and other manual labor as well as teaching while spreading the word to people in need.

The group of about 100 volunteers spent the week in East St. Louis, Belleville and St. Louis. Youngsters on average paid $250 to be able to help others, staying at Second Baptist Church in Granite City for the week.

This initiative was in partnership with and focused on the Christian Activities Center in East St. Louis. Youngsters helped build an addition, cleared a neighboring lot and played with the neighborhood children who came to the center.

Youths came to East St. Louis and the metro-east to help build and renovate homes and the Christian Activity Center. They also created activities at the center for neighborhood children. The religious youth paid an average of $250 each to travel t

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