By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
Two Alcorn Central High School seniors have been selected to go on a nine-month mission trip to Guatemala, Ethiopia and Thailand.
Kameron Nelms, 18, and Jaxson Bailey, 17, were chosen for The World Race mission trip after a competitive application process.
Now they hope the community will support them as they prepare to embark on the life-changing experience. They need to raise a total of about $34,000 to cover the cost of the trip.
“It’s literally going to be nine months that shapes these two young men’s lives,” said Jaxson’s dad, Alan Bailey. “It’s a big deal for two kids from one town the size of Corinth to be selected . . .”
Alan said it is a huge opportunity for the community to help launch two “world changers.”
The trip will help prepare the young men to be leaders for their generation, said Jaxson, who has been on five mission trips to Haiti. Kameron has also done mission work in Haiti and is a volunteer firefighter in Farmington.
With their experience working in Haiti, they have already been exposed to situations of great need. Instead of going to college right out of high school they want to continue their mission work by taking part in The World Race.
They will be part of a group of 300 people on the trip and disburse throughout the countries to help fill needs. That could include building houses, churches and schools and digging wells.
Alan noted that Jaxson has always been taught that he was a mighty man of God raised for a mighty purpose.
Kameron and Jaxson, who attend Church of the Crossroads, have not taken the idea of going on the trip lightly and had to fill out a lengthy application and undergo a personality assessment.
Kameron said if he can go around the world impacting lives that it could lead to a chain reaction of people helping others.
Kameron and Jaxson, who are best friends, have demonstrated their leadership in the past through sports, school and community involvement. Jaxson was class president and selected for the Trent Lott leadership school, and now he and Kameron want to develop themselves further as leaders.