A group of volunteers from the Ephesus Church in West Palm Beach, Fla., met on March 24, 2018, and found a unique way to resonate with the mounting concern about school safety held by some residents. Inspired by the scriptural admonition for neighborly care, the group handed out free bottles of water to participants of a local “March for Our Lives” event, as they were strategically stationed at one point along the designated route in the city of West Palm Beach.
It was clear to those serving that this act of kindness and goodwill was welcomed, as participants and spectators repeatedly extended commendations, and shared expressions of gratitude for the group’s collective effort. On at least two occasions, when the water supply depleted, supporters of the group’s cause donated additional cases.
When asked about her experience in service, one volunteer remarked, “I feel as if I preached a sermon today.” Another volunteer shared, “I am glad I came out to help.”
Assisting with this initiative was Keith Albury, pastor of Ephesus. When asked about his impressions regarding its impact, he shared, “I am encouraged to know that among the thousands who marched today, they are sure that the Ephesus Church empathizes with their fears and pain in the wake of the most recent mass shootings. Furthermore, what happened today affirms that compassion and kindness in their truest sense will always move us beyond our comfort zones…”
It is estimated that nearly 2,000 bottles of water were shared during this exercise.
Southeastern | July 2018