Over 150 high school and college students from across Southern Florida converged on Lehigh Acres near Ft. Myers, the weekend of January 23 for the NMI-NYI co-sponsored Youth Mission Encounter. Participating students experienced a unique perspective by working at a farm, feeding the hungry and participating in a community outreach event.
Pastor Eric Skelton of the Lehigh Acres Church of the Nazarene and the district Encounter coordinator arranged for students to provide a multitude of tasks at the nearby Healthy Harvest Community Farms. Teens harvested crops, planted new ones, prepared new planting areas, built a bamboo grow hut, made mulch and installed new irrigation lines.
Healthy Harvest CEO, Joe Pearson said the Nazarene youth completed what his regular volunteers would normally accomplish in 6 months. All of the food generated from the farm is donated to local food banks for distribution to the needy and hungry.
Later in the afternoon, many of the students transitioned back to the church where the Harry Chapin Mobile Food Bank set up a food distribution unit. The students did the set-up work and provided assistance to 167 needy families who were given fresh vegetables, bread, rice, beans and meat. The families were invited to a community service scheduled later the same day under a large tent on the church property. As a motivation, the participants were told they would receive free gifts from the Good360 program which included new coffee makers, bed linens, beverage machines and a host of other donated merchandise.
District Superintendent, Dr. Brian Wilson was the speaker for the event. Over 300 were present for the evangelistic service, which included 120 new families from the community.
High School Senior, Christina Saint Louis of the Indiantown Evangelical Church of the Nazarene said, This Encounter was such a moving experience. We were able to see the power of prayer as we asked for and then experienced a great evangelistic movement. It was so cool to be involved and interact with the people from the community.
Pastor Skelton concluded, Our Encounter provides teens with an opportunity to serve others and to be a Christian witness no matter the circumstances. In todays world, it is imperative that our youth be true mission minded leaders for our church now and in the future.
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