La Grave CRC SERVE
The Youth Unlimited SERVE Program is a five to seven-day mission trip in Canada or the USA that sends middle or high school age students out to care for and restore their world in an evnironment where they’ll encounter the concepts of justice and missional living. Students on SERVE participate in revitalizing communities, showing compassion for the marginalized, caring for creation, providing recreation for children, performing acts of kindness and sharing the gospel. SERVE is all about joining with God and a local congregation in the renewal of all things.
VIS works with a number of SERVE programs throughout the summer months in placing students in settings where they can impact their community. The La Grave Church SERVE program students spent the week of June 27 cleaning and painting interior walls in the home of an isolated older adult in north-east Grand Rapids. They also power washed and painted a mobile home of another senior in Sparta and replaced the decking on her porch.
As I went to take pictures, it was exhilarating to see their energy, hear their discussions, and listen to the music they were singing as they worked. What a testimony to the gospel that they were out there doing this. The students I encountered came from Grand Rapids and Hudsonville in Michigan, as well as from much farther away states such as Texas and Minnesota. They came as they felt called to serve Jesus.