Children’s ministries of Plantation Church, Fla., endeavors to teach children, teenagers, and youth to be good stewards of their time by serving others. “There are people out there who need us to be Jesus’ hands and feet,” said youth leader Nicky Cameron.
According to the latest statistics, there are 2,800 homeless people in the surrounding area of the church, so it was easy to find a target audience. “God has called us to serve,” said Nicole Loiten, children’s ministries leader. In thankfulness for God’s blessing, the idea to give to those less fortunate and hold a day to serve the homeless was born.
There was something for every young person or adult to do in preparation and on the day itself. Those who could not attend prayed for the event. Some folks put their talents for cooking to good use and prepared packaged meals to be handed out. Blankets, clothing, shoes, and toiletries were donated. One woman made 30 blankets which were part of the 100 blankets given away, and 100 pair of shoes were also distributed.
Not only did other departments of the church attend and sponsor a booth, but children’s ministries paired with other foundations to meet the needs of the homeless. One busy place was the haircutting area with many stylists at work. A local self-contained shower bus was also available for use.
“I do believe children, teenagers, and youth learn empathy by serving,” said Cameron. “Jesus was always a servant leader, and I am very passionate about making sure we’re mentoring that for the youth to see what it means to truly serve and give of themselves.”
“I believe children learn by example,” said Judy Smith, director of children’s, family, and singles’ ministries for Florida Conference. “Serving others is a great way to teach them about stewardship.”
Florida | May 2021