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Severns Valley Baptist Church:
1100 Ring Rd.
By BECCA OWSLEY
Sometimes volunteering starts with a simple question: “How can I help you?”
That’s all it took for Bre Sao, of Elizabethtown, to get involved at her church.
Most days after school and on school breaks she is at Severns Valley Baptist Church, helping out wherever she’s needed that day.
She spends a lot of that time helping with the church’s children’s ministries.
“It is a beautiful thing to sit back and witness a student taking the initiative to serve,” said Ashley Purcell, director of children’s ministries.
Sao is someone who possesses a servant’s heart and giving spirit, Purcell said, adding she trusts Sao with a lot of responsibility, which includes her own children.
“She is a person who is constantly seeking opportunities to serve others, no matter the magnitude,” Purcell said.
Often this work is behind the scenes, barely noticed by others.
“It’s a joy to serve alongside a young lady who gives so much of herself to help others,” Purcell said.
Sao started helping out because she loves being at church.
She volunteers most in the children’s area because she loves working with children. She helps out a lot during the school year, but things really pick up during the summer. She’s helped with vacation bible school, group outings and Chick-fil-A’s Windshape C3 camp.
“It’s like crazy fun,” Sao said.
There’s always something to do at these events, she said.
“It’s an awesome experience, not just for the kids but for the volunteers as well,” she said.
While much of time is spent interacting with children, there are other things that need to be done. Lunch boxes need to get to the correct rooms, kids need to get to be escorted, outdoor games need to be set up and simple activities need to be organized so kids have something to do while they wait for their parents to pick them up.
She helps wherever they need her.
A recent Central Hardin High School graduate, she’s volunteered her entire high school career.
“I feel like church is like a home to me and I just love coming here,” she said.
The volunteer work she does is on top of her school work, co-op job and time spent on the school’s volleyball team.
She’s also helped some on Sunday mornings in the student area, handling attendance sheets for a short time when there was no ministry assistant. Along with some other teens, she also comes in early some weeks to help set up chairs.
“Just helping others is my biggest thing and knowing that’s what God calls us to do, to be a servant and help others through the good stuff He has given me,” Sao said.
Outside her church, she participated in a day of service and helped at Clarity Solutions for Women to clean and sort clothes through Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
“It (volunteering) gives me a feeling that I’m helping somebody and it's knowing that it’s not about me or anybody else, just whoever I’m helping,” she said.
She learns a lot from helping an organization such as Clarity Solutions or just helping one person, she said.
“You learn more things about yourself and about how you can help others to,” she said.
Her volunteer work in the children’s ministry has led to a summer internship at the church.
“I’m excited to help with the kids and see how the kids are impacted as well,” she said.
Purcell is also excited about having Sao on board as the intern.
“I can’t wait to see how God continues to use Bre in the near future as she continues to serve our church and community,” Purcell said.
Becca Owsley can be reached at (270) 505-1741.