Rising sophomore Kaylea Chappelle of the Saint Louis University softball team participated this summer in a home-repair service project in West Virginia. Here are her reflections on the experience.


In June, I traveled to Huntington, West Virginia, to be part of an organization called World Changers. World Changers is a Christian-based organization that provides service projects for those in need around the community, all 100 percent free of charge, while also using the project as a tool to spread the love of Jesus. Services can include anything – building a wheelchair ramp, painting a porch, landscaping, or even tearing off a roof and putting on a brand new one. I had the pleasure of being on a roofing crew for a sweet lady named Debbie. In a matter of six days, my team was able to tear off her house’s entire roof and build a brand new one. 


I learned a lot over the course of my week spent with World Changers. It was such a humbling experience to be in a place of such tragedy where an act of kindness is almost unheard of. Our homeowner, Miss Debbie, said that we were a blessing to her, but she will never know how big of a blessing she was to me in my own life. 


The most significant thing to me throughout this experience is that I learned this whole “life” thing is not about me. My life serves a much greater purpose than that. I have learned that every gift, talent and passion God has given me is designed to honor Him.