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Lindale man preparing to lead group to help refugees in Georgia-Russia conflict

Right now a Lindale man is preparing to fly more 7,000 miles, all to lend a helping hand. Larry Blanchard is on his way to the embattled country of Georgia. As KLTV 7's Layron Livingston tells us, for Larry, the trip is just a little faithful answer to the big call of duty.

"I'm getting shorter every day."

Larry Blanchard will soon be 80 years old.

What he lacks in stature, he more than makes up in heart.

"God's been getting me ready all my life to do what I'm going to do tomorrow."

Larry is a member of the Texas Baptist Men. He and a team of 7 men from Texas will fly all the way to the country of Georgia in the wake of its conflict with Russia.

They'll set up a kitchen in a refugee camp in Gori. Larry was asked to lead that team.

"It's a whole lot easier to do what someone tells you to do than to figure out what to tell somebody to do. I am very dependent upon God and his leadership," said Blanchard.

Larry and his team expect to help feed 50,000 Georgian refugees. But this isn't his first trip abroad.

"That was 800,000 that stretched for miles and miles and miles..."

And he has more than 40 years experience to get the job done.

He's responded to the genocide in Rwanda and the Gulf War. His most recent trip was right here in Texas, helping feed more than 100,000 people devastated by hurricane Dolly.

"When they see us working through the hardships and difficulties to come to help them, that's going to impact their lives."

And even at the age of 79, Larry says he's just getting started.

"I'm going out with my boots on....I'm not going to quit. God's not going to put me on a shelf."

Larry says he and the Texas Baptist Men will be in Georgia for two weeks.

Layron Livingston, reporting. llivingston@kltv.com

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