More Blessed to Give
Albuquerque – Last December, the youth at La Roca Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Church were inspired by Acts 20:35, which says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive,” and chose to do something different in their church for Christmas. Instead of buying the usual gifts for church members and leaders, the youth filled 100 backpacks with items such as socks, gloves, toiletries, water, snacks, a Steps to Christ book and a Bible. By faith and through much prayer, the youth reached out to their community to find people who would need the backpacks.
On Dec. 21, 2019, the youth went out into the streets of their community and passed out every single backpack. This activity was not only graciously accepted by those receiving the backpacks, but as a whole it seemed to have a positive impact on the community.
It also resonated with the members of the church who took part in the project. For many adults and youth who participated, it was their first time doing an outreach activity.
Nonetheless, each of them was happy that they were able to give back during the holiday season. More importantly, they were encouraged and motivated to do it again.
This year, the La Roca youth department is planning new outreach projects in their community. Overall, this event was a great opportunity for the youth to see, and meet, the needs in their community.
It was also a great way to meet new friends in the neighborhood. The young people are looking forward to seeing their new friends soon.
By Enrique Flores