Greetings from The Springs! The 2015 Youth Week was phenomenal! This year the children were treated to a trip to Savannah and it was fun and educational, too. We left on Tuesday morning and had a great ride down. Interestingly, the power went out shortly after we checked in for a few hours but the evening was not ruined. Pool time made up for any inconvenience. The second day was beach day as we travelled to Tybee Island. When Pastor Terrell asked the children how long they wanted to stay, they replied, “All day!” So we stayed. The youth ended up with a short dip in the ocean with beach volleyball and basketball to finish out the day. I have to tell you that we had to take an injury time out for me after I planted myself in the sand. Don’t worry, I’m okay. Thursday was our educational day and we started off with a trip to the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum. This visit was very eye-opening since they were able to see and hear about many of the injustices that African Americans had to endure in the past.
The final stop in Savannah was a tour of the First African Church which was erected in 1859. One of the most significant facts learned was that this church was instrumental in the Underground Railroad. Those escaping to freedom were hidden under the floors and to get air, there were holes bored in the floorboards. If you get the opportunity, visit this historic church. The Youth Day Program was held on Sunday, June 7, 2015 and the coordinators for the event were Amber Goss and Crystal Ross. This year’s theme was “Celebrating Our Youth” with a focus on believing Philippians 4:13- “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
The speaker for the morning was youth pastor, Xavier Ross of Midway Missionary Baptist Church, College Park. This young man stated that he is attending Morehouse and that he was licensed to preach the Gospel when he was a senior in high school. His message to the congregation was titled, “God’s Got Your Back” and his text came from Genesis 39: 1-3, 20-23. He went on to say that we will see our youth conquer in life and also give praise to the Lord because He is with them. Keep in mind that no weapon formed against you shall prosper. So, no matter what you are going through, “the Lord has got your back!” Remember, God did not plan defeat for our lives. The Youth of the Year was not announced on Sunday. Instead, this year those that attended the trip are urged to write a two-page essay about the trip and what they learned. They only have two weeks to complete this assignment, so get busy! Glory Be to God!