An uplifting morning worship service in the gym was followed by a full day of scrubbing, scraping, sweeping, and painting on Global Youth Day.
This past Sabbath, March 19, more than 200 phenomenal, energetic youth and their ministry leaders converged at a Benton Harbor, Michigan, inner-city public middle school to deliver a mini makeover. The school was in dire need of TLC, and that is precisely what these volunteers provided.
An uplifting morning worship service in the gym was followed by a full day of scrubbing, scraping, sweeping, and painting. Prayer warriors gathered in every classroom and hallway to pray blessings on the students, faculty, and staff that will occupy them after spring break. God calls us to love the forgotten. Serving youth in our church is fantastic. But if we have not served youth in our community, our job is incomplete. We must be willing to serve our youth in every arena. This is what youth ministries is really about!
Many local businesses partnered together in effort to provide thousands of dollars of resources and discounts to make this project highly successful and financially conservative. Special thanks to Benton Harbor and St. Joseph businesses: Lowes, Home Depot, Sherwin Williams Paint Store, Meijers, Uhaul, Subways, Taylor Rental, Walmart, Celebration Cinemas, and more. Another special thanks to Andrews Academy (under the leadership of Pastor/Principal Mario Ferguson), Harbor of Hope Adventist Church, partnering churches and Federations that came from the region, and many more who pitched in to help.
Abraham Henry serves as the Lake Region Conference Associate Executive Secretary and Youth Director.