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Painting for Jesus (reporting from Wichita, Kan.): At work camps across the nation, teens put their faith into action.

WICHITA, Kan. — Teens from Churches of Christ sure know how to paint the town.

From West Virginia to Texas, dozens of annual summer work camps bring together young Christians to scrape and paint houses.

Here in Kansas’ largest city, 200 teens and 60 adults participated in the recent eighth annual Wichita Work Camp, organized by the Northside Church of Christ.

“We’re not here doing work to show ourselves off,” said Colton Quall, 17, a member of the Central Church of Christ in Topeka, Kan., two hours northeast of Wichita. “We’re here to be servants for God.”

A dozen congregations in Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma sent youth groups to Wichita. Teams came, too, from Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City and York College in Nebraska.

“It’s a lot of work, definitely,” said Laura Weber, 16, a member of the Northside church. “You don’t really get a lot of breaks. But when you do, there’s a lot of talk about God, and you get to meet a lot of people who share the same faith as you, which is really amazing.”

This story appears in the July 2015 print edition of The Christian Chronicle.

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