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Students Changing Lives

August 04, 2019
By Mallery L. Hale, Epworth By The Sea

Students from churches and schools all over the southeastern United States are improving our community through Epworth By The Sea’s “Mission Volunteer” program, serving others and making an impact in Glynn County.

Epworth By The Sea partnered with 17 local organizations to deploy more than 950 students and 31 church/school groups during 2019. Projects included building wheelchair ramps, yard and park clean-ups, visiting nursing homes, feeding meals to the homeless, stocking pantry shelves for a food bank, packing medical supplies to send all over the world, mentoring and hanging out with students, environmental projects, and so many more.

Steve Brooks, youth minister from Hillside UMC in Woodstock, GA, brought his youth group for the Mission Volunteer program. He stated, “We had a VERY God-orchestrated week in your Mission Volunteers program. Our group did incredibly meaningful work with the elderly at Magnolia Manor as well as for Ms. Gail in the City of Brunswick. Our students were encouraged by the opportunity to help those in need in the name of Jesus Christ. They actually felt as though they received more than they gave! Our group also truly bonded together in greater fellowship and desire to continue serving our Lord back home! The accommodations, scenery, food and staff at Epworth were amazing! Thank you all for serving our Lord by providing wonderful ministry opportunities for so many different people.”

Elisa Reece, Student Ministries Director for Christ UMC-Warner Robins, shared with us, “Knowing we are all ‘Children of God,’ our purpose was to show love by making someone smile and expressing true joy through interaction as well as bringing hope to those that may have lost it. 1 Peter 4:10 says, ‘Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.’”

It seems the students gain a new respect for the less fortunate when they recognize their actions should correspond with their inward faith. We are called to be the “hands and feet of Jesus” and that is exactly what these 950 plus students have done this year! We pray that they will take what they’ve learned and apply it in their communities back home.

The Mission Volunteer Program began in 2010 by Epworth’s Program Director, Donna Chisholm. Since its inception, Epworth has hosted more than 300 groups and more than 7,600 students and adult leaders. If you are interested in Epworth’s Mission Volunteer Program, please contact Epworth’s Mission Coordinator, Mallery Hale, at mhale@epworthbythesea.org. More information is available online at www.epworthbythesea.org/mission-volunteers/.

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