“Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for all believers in speech, in conduct, in faith, and in purity.” -1 Timothy 4:12
Today was a special day here at Lake Agape! There has been a tradition the past few years of Junior Camp where on Wednesday, instead of spending the morning in classes, campers and staff work together for some sort of service project. The past couple of years, it has been through “Stop Hunger Now”, which is an international organization which provides meals for starving children around the world. This year, we did something a little different. Today, campers and staff worked together to make 500 packed lunches for the homeless in Camden and Philadelphia.
This morning in chapel, we watched an empowering video that spoke to the impact we can make in the lives of the forgotten people, even in our own backyard!
We then went on to discuss the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000. The story goes that after Jesus was preaching, he wished to have the crowd stay and eat. With little money or food, the Disciples did not think that it would be possible to feed the 5,000 followers surrounding them. A little boy came up with five loaves of bread and two small fish. And with that offering, the food that the young boy gave to Jesus miraculously fed the entire hungry crowd. While we certainly aren’t serving as many people as Jesus and his disciples did on that day at Galilee, what is important is that, even as young people, we can make a difference in the world!
It was beautiful to watch as a group of fifty people came together to make PB&J sandwiches, pack bags of snacks, write notes of encouragement, and decorate brown paper bags for 500 homeless people in our own community. How cool is it that the 4th, 5th, and 6th graders here this week are going to make a miraculous difference in the lives of 500 people this week? I think that is pretty amazing.