On any given Wednesday night at Faith Center, you will find a group of millenials breaking the stereotype; 18 to 30 year olds sharing life and the Bible. It’s a rare sighting for the modern church, in a time where only two in ten Americans under 30 believe attending a church is worthwhile.
But despite the odds, this Young Adults group keeps growing.
“We started off with only a handful of people,” Co-Director Zach Stewart said. “We have since grown to a group of almost 20+ each week. New young adults keep coming.”
The group makes it a priority to meet new young adults right where they are.
“Sometimes people think that they have to have it all together before coming to church or joining a small group,” Co-Director Samantha Karges said. “Some might say, ‘oh well I keep doing this, or that’ or ‘they’ll judge me by my past/present.’ That isn’t the case. Christ meets us where we are, sin and all. We follow His example.”
The idea is to create a community space where young people can make friends and share their lives with their peers. Through games, activities, Bible study and the occasional dinner, connections are happening.
Another focus of the group is … Continue reading
It started with a Facebook post. Vicky Armstrong, Faith Center’s Uganda Mission Team leader, put out a plea on the social media site asking for a CPR dummy. But when days passed by and no responses came back, she began to accept that it wasn’t going to happen. That’s when an old friend gave her a surprise she would never forget.
The Uganda Mission Team is travelling this week to the Nakasangola District of Uganda in Eastern Africa. There, the team of five will work at the African Hospitality Institute, a school founded in 2006 by Christian missionary Maggie Josiah. The Institute transforms the lives of at-risk youth by offering vocational hospitality training to Ugandan young adults. In a country with over 80% unemployment, the program helps graduates obtain highly sought-after jobs in the tourism industry.
During the Faith Center team’s two-week stay, they will provide the students with an opportunity to practice the hospitality skills they are learning. The team also plans to teach first aid and CPR. That’s why when Haider Ajina with the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka messaged Armstrong, he was not only doing a friend a favor, but helping change the lives of hundreds of future Ugandan … Continue reading