“We Want to Make a Difference!”
9th August 2019
When the youth from Loughborough SDA Church were asked what they wanted their church to be like, they all said they that they would like to see a church expressing faith in action. They felt that the church should be known for sharing Jesus’ love in practical ways in the community. "We want to make a difference!" was their response.
Rather than sitting around and waiting for someone else to do something, the youth immediately came up with plans for making a difference and started to put them into action. Early in May they gave out free cakes, stickers and Bible story books on the Green in the village where we worship. Church members supported the youth by providing cakes and over 50 local people stopped for a cake and a chat. Local people were encouraged to see young people doing something so positive. At first it was hard to approach people to talk to them but after a while, even the shyest among them felt brave enough to invite people to have a cake. Alicia even boarded a bus that stopped nearby to share cakes with the driver and passengers, much to their delight!
Later in May the teenagers organised a 12-mile bike ride to raise money for Little Hearts Matter, a UK charity that supports children who are born with only half a working heart. They set themselves the target of £250 and were amazed to exceed this, raising over £750! They know that these funds will really help those in need.
Their next adventure will be to climb Mt Snowdon later this month. This time they will be raising money to buy hand pedalled bikes through ADRA for people in Burkina Faso. Most of those who will benefit will be polio victims who cannot walk and the bikes will help them to live independently and work to earn a living. This time the youth have set themselves the ambitious target of raising £1000! Will you help by sponsoring them? You can search for Loughborough SDA Youth on Facebook or use the Just Giving link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/olivia-middleditch1
Loughborough is not a large church. There are only 7 teenagers, yet they have proved that when a few are determined to work together to make a difference for God, a few is all it takes!