Camp Montvale has again teamed up with John 3:16 Ministries to host a summer service camp for middle and high school students.

Smoky Mountain Outreach, a weeklong youth camp that brings kids from nearby areas to Maryville to do mission work, began its third year of service to the community this week.

On Tuesday, a group from First United Methodist Church of Johnson City spent the day doing yardwork and pressure washing a home on White Avenue.

“This project is for a special-needs lady whose neighbors contacted John 3:16 about needing help with her house,” program leader John McCrady said. “We pressure washed the house so her neighbors can paint it, and we’re also doing yard cleanup.”

McCrady said the woman’s landlord, Ty Christopher Berry, drowned at Peery’s Mill in Walland on May 30, so the yard had been neglected for a few weeks.

“Some neighbors got it lined up because the landlord hasn’t been here to mow,” he said.

Added 17-year-old Anna Reed: “It feels really good to help people that can’t necessarily help themselves. It makes my heart bigger for the Lord because I know that I’m helping someone.”

Although it’s her first time doing any type of mission work, Reed said it’s definitely something she’ll do again in the future.

“The experience of having fun while helping people is just really great,” she said.

Because the camp tries to tackle different jobs each day of the week, McCrady said that anyone who needs help with work this week or next should contact John 3:16 Ministries or Smoky Mountain Outreach (

“A different group of kids will be here next week,” he explained. “And we can do anything from light repairs to pressure washing to yardwork and mowing to painting.”

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