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Spring Break Becomes A Labor Of Love For Connecticut Teens

It's the kind of sunny skies folks don't usually get this time of year in New Canaan, Connecticut.

"We had a two foot snow storm last week, so this is great," says Jeremy Cherry of New Canaan.

Some of these students were even willing to stretch out in the street to catch a few rays.

"Yeah, lots of sun and fun," says one teen.

Sun worshipping is far from the main mission for the 150 hard working snow birds from New Canaan Congregational Church.

"Every year we do service," says Team Leader Hillary Stingley. "It's depends on where and what and depending on the circumstance, but every year it's 10 days."

They say the circumstances along Biloxi's Main Street neighborhood made their decision to come here an easy call.

"Our ministers go out and really find a place where they feel like God is present," says volunteer Luke Correale. "So we feel like this is a place where the presence of God is so strong."

They're working on five homes and two churches.

"Yesterday was the 21st," says Elder Wiford Bishop, pastor of Nance Temple Church. "That was the first day we've had power since the storm."

And thanks to their work, church services are returning as well.

"New life," exclaims Bishop. "New birth, and we're expecting a great time here Friday night."

Following a community wide celebration and service on Friday, this group returns to Connecticut, but their service to this community won't end there. They plan to continue their fundraising efforts with a goal of raising an additional $1 million to support local rebuilding and recovery efforts.

"We're recovering, no doubt about that," says Rev. Kenneth Haynes pastor of neighboring Main Street Baptist Church. "But we're a long way from being back."

And that makes the youth group's visit a spring vacation neither they, nor this battered community, will ever forget.

"It's really going to put things into perspective for us," says Jeremy Cherry.

by Don Culpepper

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