January 6, 2010
News 12 at 6 O'clock
AUGUSTA, Ga--- Volunteers do all kinds of jobs in our community from fighting fires to working in our schools. This month's Time To Care winner is a volunteer who serves people who are often forgotten by going where they are and meeting their needs.
We met Larry Mazyck at his front door. It's rare to catch Larry at home. When he's not working as a project planner at Husqvarna, he's out volunteering.
"Well, I guess I would describe it as my reasonable service," Larry explained. "That's what the Bible says. Because I take it as being like Christ, or trying to be like Him. He says we're supposed to visit the sick and to reach out to people and all those things. So that's why I do what I do."
For Larry, that means spending lots of time in personal care homes around Augusta, teaching bible study. Time seems to be in short supply for most of us these days.
"But you ultimately have to realize what's most important and to me it's important if I can be a blessing to somebody else and help them," Larry said.
But Larry isn't one to teach and run. He wants to meet their personal needs too. Cheryl Bryant runs a personal care home in Augusta. She met Larry when he showed up and started teaching Bible study there. She was so impressed by Larry's devotion to her residents, she nominated him for the award.
"You know, as far as medications, if they need a ride somewhere, he's always mentoring them and supplying whatever need he can provide for them as well," Cheryl told us.
Larry Mazyck is like a modern day missionary, but his mission field is right here in Augusta. Terry Newsome is his pastor. Rev. Newsome says this is a young man on a mission.
"Larry at times has helped house people, clothe people, he's started programs in the church to help feed the community. So he's definitely a unique person and definitely has a servants heart."
Larry says there are plenty of needs to be men right here at home.
"It's a lot to do in Augusta Georgia. That's what God wants us to do. Take people to heart and love them."
And for Larry- it's just that simple. He says the secret to his service is just to look for needs and serve where you can.
We think these are stories worth telling. News 12 and our Time To Care partners make this award possible. Subway, Troy University and Ashley Furniture. If you want to nominate someone, you can do that here on this website.