by Pastor David Grey
“Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can.” – John Wesley
While this admonition is not a direct quote from Scripture, it certainly captures its very heart and soul. God, who is the only one who is good (Mark 10:18), gives us life that we may express that same goodness to our fellow man.
That is precisely what more than a dozen teens from the Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, along with nearly 500 others from ten different states, did two weeks ago when they gathered in Broadalbin, N.Y. for REACH Work Camp.
It was their fourth camp, the other three held in communities similar to Broadalbin. REACH, now in its 20th year, is a week-long mission of service to low income communities which encourages Christian teens to come to the aid of the elderly and the handicapped in practical ways.
As they do so, the people they serve are touched and the teens themselves changed as they experience the reality of Jesus’ words that it is indeed “more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).
The teens and their adult sponsors who attended this outreach to the residents of Broadalbin had raised not only the cost of attending the camp, but a large portion of what it would cost for the materials they would be using to improve their “neighbor’s” homes. The latter was significant as they found themselves working on nearly 50 different homes doing such things as painting entire houses, building decks and wheel-chair ramps, replacing ceilings and floors, wallboard, porches, roofs and more.
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