Baptist youth group on a mission

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Thirty-plus teens spend their summer in service to God.

By The Staff

More than 50 members of Campbellsville Baptist Church's 412 Student Ministries visited Ireland in July on a mission trip.

The group partnered with Project Evangelism at the Murlough House in Northern Ireland.

Project Evangelism works alongside local churches and evangelizes in areas not reached by them. The goal for the ministry is to lead others to faith in Christ, then encourage discipleship and placement of new converts into churches for training and spiritual growth.

The group led vacation Bible school for children and teenagers in Downpatrick and Dundrum.

They were able to spend their downtime on small sightseeing trips to Dundrum Castle, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Giants Causeway.

They also visited Campbellsville's "twin" town of Buncrana, Ireland on July 17.

There, the group was taken for a historical walk and talk from the Stone Jug through Swan Park, a scenic local riverside walk way. They also went to Tullyarvan Mill, a nearby cultural center, where civic presentations were exchanged and food provided.

At Tullyarvan Mill, dancers from the Janet Coyle School of Irish Dancing entertained the visitors before Kelly Gallagher, coordinator of the Donegal Youth Council, and some of the young members of the council shared experiences on the challenges for young people in Buncrana and Campbellsville.

Speaking after the visit, Buncrana Mayor Pádraig Mac Lochlainn said, "It was a pleasure to have the visitors from Campbellsville with us last Saturday. Buncrana was twinned with Campbellsville back in the days when Fruit of the Loom employed thousands of people in both towns. Of course, Fruit of the Loom has now moved on to South America and North Africa and our communities have had to start again in terms of employment.

"We have much to learn from the people of Campbellsville in terms of attracting employment. After the departure of Fruit of the Loom, they managed to attract the retail giant Amazon to locate in their town and they now employ over 1,000 people there and many more on a temporary basis at peak times like Christmas. They also attracted manufacturing companies from Korea and other Asian countries with their dedicated focus."