Local Youth Show Love Through Serving

Sometimes watching the news or reality TV, you get a sense of hopelessness for the future of this country. From all the profanity, to celebrated reckless behavior, to shows glamorizing disrespectful people, the youth of America seem to be heading down a very destructive path.

But once you turn the TV off and take a look around, it may not be as bad as you think. We have the pleasure of hosting youth groups full of volunteers throughout the year. These kids dedicate time out of their schedules to help others, not because they have to, rather, because they want to.

These kids often times do jobs and tasks that are way outside of their comfort zones and far from anything glamorous. But they do these jobs with a smile and a positive attitude that reminds you that with each new generation God has provided new leaders, compassionate young people, who are going to help change the world for Him.

During the month of February, we were able to host two different youth groups. One served at the beginning of the month and the other at the end. Both were a breath of fresh air.

Dublin Mills Community Church brought a group of 4 young people to spend a Saturday serving around The Hope Center. Accompanied by the church’s pastor, Sam Stoey and his wife, the young people worked from 9am until 2pm. During the morning, they helped paint the stairway to our dorm facilities in our main building. After painting, the youth group helped Mrs. Stoey prepare and serve lunch for our community guests at our daily soup line while Pastor Stoey shared a short devotional with our guests.

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Dublin Mills 10Dublin Mills Community Church has been a longtime supporter of The Hope Center in many ways. We are so thankful for their continued support, not just through prayer and financial support, but also by volunteering and helping physically.

Later in February, some teens from Antrim Brethren in Christ Church came to serve as a part of their 30 Hour Famine project. The group from Antrim BIC, lead by youth director, Brent Hey, consisted of 29 teens and 7 leaders.

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The volunteers from Antrim BIC were participating in World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine event which helps to raise funds for hungry children across the world by having young people fast for 30 hours as a collective group and take part in service projects, among other activities planned for the 30 hours. The youth group was not only learning the importance of helping people overseas, they were learning how to make a difference and reach out to people in their own backyard!

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DSC_0035While they were at The Hope Center, they helped in many different ways around our facilities: some washed baseboards and walls in our Transient waiting area, others cleaned our chapel, some cleaned carpets in the Wildside Youth department, a few helped in our Thrift Store, some cleaned chairs in the Trinity Center, washed windows throughout and organized donated personal care items and made personal care kits for transients.

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DSC_0043All these projects helped keep the kids busy but also helped us in a really big way! We are so thankful for the youth leaders and the teens who came from Antrim BIC to help serve.

Volunteering is such a great way to teach young people so many valuable life and spiritual lessons. It doesn’t matter about the size of the group, anyone can help make a difference in the lives of so many. These teens may not really think that what they did was very important but God can use simple things like a warm meal, a clean facility or a bag full of soap & shampoo to touch a life and change it for eternity.

The simple acts of kindness and love that were demonstrated by these two youth groups may not be fully recognized until we talk face to face with our Creator. It’s a mind-blowing thought to think that two hours of volunteer work can be the catalyst for a series of eternal events in the life of another human.

Again, we’re so thankful for these young people, and the many other young people who’ve helped in the past. There are so many distractions for teens today so it’s a wonderful sight to see such vibrant lives helping others.

If you’re in the process of looking for a church, why not check out one of these two churches? We value the strong relationship we have with Dublin Mills Community Church and Antrim BIC, as well as many other local churches who donate and volunteer regularly to help provide hope to Hagerstown and win lives for Christ.
For more information about Dublin Mills Community Church, including service times and youth group information, please call 814.685.3910. Dublin Mills Community Church is located at 2700 Dublin Mills Road, Hustontown, PA.
Antrim Brethren in Christ Church is located at 24 Kauffman Road E, Chambersburg, PA, just across from Mrs. Gibbles Restaurant off of Route 11 north of Greencastle. For more info or to talk to someone from the church, call 717.375.4658. Check out all the various ministries & programs at Antrim BIC along with service times at www.antrimbic.org.
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Camp Wild 2013 – Part 3

We’re posting more pics from the exciting summer at Camp Wild. Be sure to keep up-to-date on all things Wildside by going to www.wildsideyouth.com.

Wildside’s fall activities will be starting later this month. Keep checking back here or our Facebook page for updates about all the various activities taking place this fall at The Hope Center.

If you’re interested in volunteering at Wildside or any other ministry at The Hope Center, please call 301.739.1165, email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net or click on the volunteer link on our website, www.hagerstownrescue.org.

Antrim Youth is on a Mission

The Student Ministry Department at Antrim Brethren in Christ Church brought 8 Senior High students and 3 staff to volunteer for a week at The Hope Center.

This local missions trip coincided with the first week of Camp Wild, July 9-13. This was the first time that the young people from Antrim BIC spent a week on a missions trip in Hagerstown. Most often, young people head to other parts of the USA or are able to leave the country and go to third world nations for missions trips.

So it was a nice change of pace to have these fine young people experience ministry in their own backyard! The group stayed in a hotel in Hagerstown and had the full missions trip experience. They bonded as a group, worked together and grew spiritually as they ministered to others and were even ministered to themselves.

During their missions trip, the group spent the majority of their time each day working with the kids at Camp Wild. They took part in leading small groups, serving lunches, helping with activities at the outdoor facility, and most importantly, building relationships and interacting with the campers.

Many of the teens became really attached to the kids at Camp Wild. One of the teens, Maegan, found herself being a big sister to one of the campers during the week. Another teen, Tori, loved helping at Camp Wild so much that she returned the second week on her own to help out! Many of the teens didn’t realized how many ministry opportunities there are in Hagerstown. One teen even said, “I never knew there was such a need so close to home!”

The missions team didn’t just spend all their time at Camp Wild. One morning the group sat in with the residents during their morning devotions with Executive Director, Sonny Shank. One thing the students noticed was how many Bible verses the residents have memorized. In addition to joining the residents in their morning devotions, the team also was able to meet the residents and community guests in the evening for chapel service.

During the evening chapel the team from Antrim was able to put their talents and gifts to good use. Some lead praise & worship while others gave their testimony. Some of the missions team were part of a drama, 3 Crosses, which was written and performed specifically for this trip!

The young people also served the evening meal, washed dishes and interacted with the residents and guests in attendance.

This missions trip was a great success for the team but also an incredible blessing to us! It’s important that young people in our own community understand the need and the opportunities available to be the hands and feet of Jesus. These young people helped to make a difference in the lives of kids and adults.

Now that they realize the great need in their own community, the young people were excited to return another time to help out at The Hope Center. Matt Sargent, Youth & Family Pastor at Antrim BIC, said, “This trip was great because it helped our teens see more of the world around them.”

We welcome the teens from Antrim BIC to come back again. And we invite any other church in our area to plan a missions trip here in Hagerstown and serve at The Hope Center. Missions isn’t just a third world activity. For many American young people, their own backyard is a great place to start training to see the world through the eyes of Christ and to be the church in their community.

If you’d like more info on how your youth group or misssions team can partner with us to reach the community, please call 301.739.1165 or email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

For more info about Antrim Brethren in Christ Church, including worship service times, please visit www.antrimbic.org