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"Wired" for community service

Wired 2014 kicked off its annual week-long ministry today in Dothan. Twenty-seven churches and more than 700 students are taking part in the summer event.
Wired Camp Director Mark Anderson discusses the mission of Wired Ministries and its ongoing efforts to serve the local community.
Wired Camp Director Mark Anderson discusses the mission of Wired Ministries and its ongoing efforts to serve the local community.
More than 700 students are participating in Wired 2014, working at 69 sites around the area. (© 2014 Wired Ministries)
More than 700 students are participating in Wired 2014, working at 69 sites around the area. (© 2014 Wired Ministries)
"Seeing the impact that Wired has made on these students, as well as these leaders, and as these project coordinators, it’s just so monstrous, and the impact is just, you can't even describe it, God is moving in this place," said Wired Ministry Track Leader Abbi Brunson.

Brunson, who is also an Auburn college student, says Wired is not just a camp, it's a lifestyle.

"I just really love the heart of Wired, and the camp as a whole has changed my life, and I just want to be able to make an impact on the students that are here this week," Brunson said.

The ministry started out traveling to other areas, serving other communities.  But starting in 2008, they decided to united churches in their own area.  A vision that gave birth to wired,

"The community understands and sees that this generation is interested in doing something to help their community, and so, it inspires others to be able to know that this generation has some hope, and they are able to carry the torch, when some people have written them off, and in many of our sites just to know that someone cares," said Wired Camp Director Mark Anderson.

The students are serving at 69 different sites.  Children participate in bible studies, games, crafts, sports and other activities.

"A lot of times, in our culture, we teach kids to be served, but not to serve.  And so, the impact on their lives, actually putting others in front of themselves is huge," Anderson said.  "We see the impact from the people that we serve, as well.  Just like the kids that are here at Martin Homes.  They enjoy the fact that somebody's here to play with them and have a good time."

Anderson says the ministry is accomplishing its mission, by providing assistance and helping those in need, and he's hoping to expand the program in the near future.

Wired is hosting a service this Friday at the Dothan Civic Center at 7:30 p.m.  It's open to the public and free of charge. 

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