Friday, August 04, 2006

Youth take up love offering at NYC.

Participants at NYC took up a love offering for a youth whose home was severely damaged by fire while he was at the conference. Jeff from Northern Indiana District received word July 25 that the house he and his mother lived in was damaged by a fire in an area of the house that included his room. The remaining part of the house suffered extensive smoke damage. The fire also claimed the life of the family's pet cats.

NYC counselors and spiritual directors collectively called for a love offering during an evening service. The response was so great that many people asked for an additional day to give more funds, reported district youth coordinator Keith Carter. The offering allows the family to replace necessities such as beds, clothing, and other household items in an expedient manner, he said.

"I would just like to thank everyone for responding the way in which they did," Jeff said. "I am thankful to all of you for your generosity. You all have helped me see God this week."

"I was deeply touched when I saw the outpouring of love and support by conference participants," Carter said. "What a great way for NYC participants to respond in an immediate tangible way to everything learned at NYC. The generosity and response has a great impact not only on Jeff and his family, but for the local congregation and district. Thank you to all for contributing to this love offering and most of all for being the church."

Stacey Carter, youth director at Jeff’s church, said, "God took a tragedy and turned it into a miracle! We are thankful for the abundant outpouring of love and support for Jeff and his mother. Thank you all for being Jesus to someone else."

Source: 8/4/2006 Newsline Special Report

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