Nacogdoches - There are hundreds of Nacogdoches residents who are tired tonight after a hard day's work, but they are fulfilled by their accomplishment. Those residents would be the volunteers for Mission Nac.
Beginning Wednesday and continuing through Saturday, two shifts of hundreds will make Mission Nac happen.
"I believe Mission Nac is a great ministry," said Pastor Sherman Kossi as he motivated already willing volunteers.
Volunteers actually pay to work. The $25 individual fee or $100 per family is a small price to pay for a blessing.
Xsavian Smith,18, shared, "Today is actually my birthday and I couldn't think of any better way to do this."
Mission Nac had volunteers from ages 6 to 80.
"With everyone who has their hands on Mission Nac this year, we have about 450, and that is significantly more than any year before," said coordinator Jacob Griffin.
Volunteers come from different denominations. Others from none at all. That's what makes Mission Nac so unique. So many other service projects are by individual churches or organizations.
"It's really more of a coming together of a whole lot of churches and a whole lot of people so that more people do get served in a very short amount of time," said Mission Nac Director Tikki Perkins. "More hands make work light."
Courtney Kasper, a crew leader for a second year, had a big project.
"We're painting. We're landscaping. We're doing a roof. We're actually going to be redoing her driveway, as well. So, we've got a lot to do, so we're excited," Kasper said.
She's probably not as excited as selected homeowners, including Dede and ChooChoo McKind. They expectantly found themselves the owners of a house in need of repairs, thanks to another act of kindness.
"We were blessed. The house was actually given to us through a renter we rented thru for years," Dede said.
Homeowner selections follow church nominations and Mission Nac screenings. There's no judgment, just pure generosity.
"I feel like it's part of my responsibility to give back and help others," said Jessica Mayes as she scraped paint.
"I just love the camaraderie of so many churches coming together," said Christy Hurst. "No one particular denomination or place."
And that's the continued benefit once the work is done.
"There's so many unseen that God is doing through all of this," said Perkins. "People are getting to get to know each other and realizing how much we are alike and loving each other well, and they're loving the hurting well which changes of our hearts."
Mission Nac concludes Saturday, but community-wide worship services will follow throughout the year.
It's never too late to volunteer for Mission Nac.
Volunteers gather at TJR Elementary at 7 each morning and 1:30 each afternoon thru Saturday. You'll be assigned to a work crew right away.