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"I say a prayer when I tackle one of these projects," said 92 year old George Mixell, adjusting figurines on a Bible story model he built for his church.

"They called it the Tower of Babel, which meant they were going to build a Tower to Heaven," explained Mixell,

For Mixell, making miniature interpretations of some of the more famous stories from the Bible is a hands-on way to express a life-long devotion to his faith.

"I always said the Lord gave me the inspiration to do Bible stories," said Mixell.

In just two years, Mixell has built seventeen biblical-theme models, now on permanent display at the Family Worship Center near Cumberland Valley High School. He says it's an effort of gratitude for the church that he and his wife joined seven years ago.

"I've got the brain God gave me. I need to use it properly," Mixell said. "And when I get into a tight corner while working, I just say: 'Lord, I need your help. I need some inspiration here."

Materials and figurines for his models come from yard sales, flea markets and area businesses. And he's always thinking ahead to his next project. Noah's Ark, The Last Supper, Daniel and the Lions Den, Sampson, David and Goliath and Jonah and the Whale are among the many Old and New Testament stories portrayed through his models.

At every station, George explains the stories associated with the model, noting the material used to build it.

"These models will help everybody, anybody, of any age to understand the Bible just a little bit more," explained Mixell.

The World War Two combat veteran says surviving near death experiences as a young soldier reinforced his dedication to God, a commitment reinvigorated by his building projects.

"This gives me something to look forward to," said Mixell, gesturing around the roomful of models. "It gives me a new happiness in life. I feel worthwhile."

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