The week-long visit from World Changers to Meridian is a long-standing tradition. The organization has been helping here for 12 years. But officials with the organization say the group will not be back to Meridian in 2011.
City officials say they will miss the efforts of World Changers. According to Mark McDonald, chief administrative officer, the decision was not made based on city issues.
"Well, I will tell you that we do have budget issues, but the city of Meridian puts no money into the World Changers organization," said McDonald. "I know that some of our personnel have helped bring World Changers."
According employees with World Changers, just because they won't be back next year, does not mean they won't return at some time in the future.
You may wonder where all of the volunteers stay. Meridian's Calvary Baptist Church has been housing the volunteers for all of those years. This year they are housing 229. Church members say they are disappointed they won't be seeing those volunteers next year.
"It's just something we enjoy doing and we are going to miss it immensely, if it does not get to come back," said the Rev. Lamar Lifer, pastor of Calvary.
The church also cooks breakfast and supper for the volunteers. Most of the church congregation helps in these efforts.
"I guess every church member gets involved," said Lifer. "We have well over thirty people who cook, just the ones who cook. And they cook these wonderful meals. And then we have these people who help get ready for it by getting the buildings ready."