HOUSTON — More than 100 students from around the state are hard at work this week in the Houston area.

They’re giving up part of their summer break to help fix up homes. They say giving back beats a trip to the beach or anything else.

“I’ve de-shingled the roof with other people and worked on putting shingles back on,” said 17-year-old Isaac Washington of Lewisville, Texas.

He’s working on a home in Baytown with others from a group called BOUNCE Student Disaster Recovery. 

It’s organized through the Baptist General Convention of Texas and brings mostly high school students into areas hit hard by natural disasters.

“It’s just a matter of when are you going to do something that’s helpful, rather than why or how,” said Washington.

There’s no question about how much former chemical plant worker and Navy vet Howard Skipper appreciates the help.

“Oh I was overjoyed,” said Skipper.

Fixing his leaky roof and other Harvey-related issues was beyond his abilities and budget.

“It gives you a greater sense that God is still working and he’s still touching lives,” said Skipper. “And creating miracles.”

All of the students’ work is done under the supervision of adults who said they’re always impressed.

“Some of them surprise you, number one, by the knowledge they have,” said John Wells with South Main Baptist Church of Pasadena. “And some of them surprise you by just the amount of work they put out.”

That’s something that far exceeds the actual repairs.

“It’s a good feeling to have,” said Washington. “Helping somebody.”

Find out more about BOUNCE here:

https://texasbaptists.org/ministries/missions/disaster-recovery/bounce

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