Ninety young people and adults from four churches took part July 9-12 in the third annual JoCo Project.
They came from Branch Chapel Free Will Baptist Church near Selma, First Baptist Church in Four Oaks, First Baptist Church in Smithfield and Hephzibah Baptist Church near Princeton. Together, they worked on six projects, painting, roofing and building wheelchair ramps for the elderly in Johnston County.
First Baptist Church in Smithfield was host for the four-day event, housing the volunteers and providing a time of worship each night with John Graves, pastor of Pine Level Missionary Baptist Church.
Spearheading the project were Lee Colbert, Tommy Cook and Taylor Smith of First Baptist Church in Smithfield, Jimmy Boykin of Pine Level Missionary Baptist Church and Chris Batten of First Baptist Church in Micro.
Several churches provided meals for the group. Branch Chapel, First Baptist in Four Oaks, First Baptist in Smithfield and Sharon Baptist in Smithfield provided breakfast. First Presbyterian in Smithfield, the Johnston Baptist Association and Pine Level Missionary Baptist Church served dinner each night, and First Baptist in Smithfield provided lunch on Saturday. Blackman’s Grove Baptist Church, Clyde’s Chapel Baptist Church, First Baptist in Smithfield, Princeton United Methodist Church and Shiloh Baptist Church provided lunch each day to crews at work sites in Cleveland, Four Oaks, Princeton, Smithfield, Wendell and Zebulon.