Taking the next steps in growth has been a goal for our growing in size Youth Service. We are so excited to be part of what God is doing in these kids lives and how we can keep encouraging growth in their faith and walk with God.
Over a month ago we started a series on "Giving", both financially and in action, with the goal of giving to those in need in our communities (as we live among the poorest people in this area). As we studied God's word, we also started the habit of taking offering and tithes, and encouraging the heart behind why we give financially.
With the Help of the newly formed discipleship group, we asked the youth service for ideas on what our first project should be and asked for volunteers to help with it.
So the first community project for our youth group was helping a widow in need who lives in a nearby village called Rio Viejo. This lady named Romelia, lives in a home that is very much ready to fall apart any time. She washes clothes for other families to support herself,her son and her 98 year old mom! To make a living, she washes clothes in the river as she has no running water to her house and no where to wash them. So our project was to install a "Pila", or a washing basin, next to her home and connect it to a source of water; thus bringing running water to her home.
So on Saturday morning, we loaded or volunteers, materials, tools and a VERY heavy washing basing into the cattle truck; and we headed to Rio Viejo at 7:00 am.
We are so proud of these young adults who joined us for our first volunteer project of the youth group at Give Hope 2 Kids. These young adults showed up with such and amazing attitude, worked all day in the heat, and worked the hardest they could, to bless Romelia and her family. In the end, we gathered as a group, and presented Romelia with a food basket, a brush to wash clothes and plenty washing soap for her home business. Then Monica was able to explain to all the young adults how their giving, both in financially and in action, was them being Christ-like and showing how they could bless others and being a witness to our God. These guys have their own physical and financial needs, but it was a blessing to see them forget about their own needs, and selflessly giving of the little they have.
Both Romelia and her mother had so many kind words for these kids and were so grateful for all they had done.
Later on the way back home... 4 out of all these kids asked when the next project was going to be...
God Is Good
This Friday we are playing this video of all that happened and will have a couple of testimonies from those young adults who went with and how it affected their lives.
Check out the video below... Sorry it is only in Spanish, but it is mostly for the youth service.
Thank you for partnering with us in prayer!