Student Life camp inspires youth to servecomment (0)
July 26, 2012
Talladega and other towns near Shocco Springs Baptist Conference Center received a good dose of church youth during late May and early June.
Four weeks of Student Life Mission Camp meant around 850 students from 36 churches had opportunities to serve the community in more than 50 sites around the area.
During the week at Student Life Camp students experience small group Bible studies, church group time, camp-wide worship services and, depending on the type of camp they attend, either team-building recreation or service-type opportunities out in the community.
“Groups that serve at various sites in the community are learning to put their faith into action, set aside selfish desires and show the gospel on display through their words and deeds,” said Melissa Nicholson, Student Life mission project coordinator.
The church youth groups hosted backyard Bible clubs, helped with yard work, organized food pantries and worked in other ways to build relationships.
Brenda Hunt, a youth leader from New Harmony Baptist Church, DeFuniak Springs, Fla., brought a group of high school students to serve and grow while at the camp.
The students worked with Red Door Kitchen, an organization that feeds individuals who are needy or homebound, and helped deliver meals and minister to those who needed encouragement.
“The students had a great time,” Hunt said. “They were made aware of needs that they hadn’t thought about before and began to think of ways we can help in our own community and church.”
One of the students from New Harmony Baptist also made a decision to follow Christ as his Lord and Savior.
Another church group assisting at Red Door Kitchen was from The Church at Brook Hills, Birmingham.
The students organized the food pantry, cleaned the facility and helped with meal delivery. Before delivering the meals, students wrote Luke 6:21 on each box — “Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied.”
Wendy Westerhouse, president of Red Door Kitchen and sales and marketing associate for Shocco Springs, said, “The ministry of the Red Door Kitchen is extremely grateful for the work of the students in June. They helped with our facility and then got to see the recipients of meals firsthand in delivering to the homebound. Their attitude and enthusiasm was contagious and an encouragement to our regular volunteers.”
The students from Brook Hills also spent time at Presbyterian Home for Children, which is a home for children whose behavioral or educational needs are not being met.
Group leader Mark Bishop noted how exciting it was to see how much fun his group had by simply engaging in conversations with children who do not have many friends.
“They all got along so well and I’m very proud for the effort my group put forth,” he said.
After becoming more aware of the people around them who are less fortunate, student group after student group said they were not only more grateful for the things they have at home, but they also were excited to become more involved in their own communities and help those in need.
“Christ has done so much for us and this was a good way for us to serve Him in return,” said student Austin Brokaw, a member of Brook Hills.