Brookside CRC SERVE Week

Brookside CRC SERVE Week

Front of house  “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” (Romans 12:11)  This is Scripture put into practice this week with the young people part of the Brookside CRC SERVE week throughout Grand Rapids.  Over 100 young people from the midwest US and Canada have come together to worship, praise God, and serve others.  VIS had the opportunity to place many of the SERVE participants at locations around Grand Rapids to show God’s love and grace through giving of themselves.  They volunteered at The Image and at two elderly women’s residences scraping, painting, cleaning, organizing and washing.

Janet, one of the two women, was almost speechless in what was being accomplished in scraping, priming and painting her house.  “It has not been painted in over 20 years, and I had absolutely no idea how I was going to get it done.  I am disabled, live on a limited budget, and have noone I could turn to for help.”  Janet was right outside in her wheelchair with the young people helping out by picking up weeds and shrubs in their way with her hand reacher tool, and was blown away by all they were getting done.  Before I left she said, “You know these kids are the good ones in our world, or else they wouldn’t be out here doing this.  I thank God for each of them.”