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Florida-funded Pioneer Teams Report from China

posted on November 28, 2015, under Conference by

by Audrey Folkenberg

Project PandaFlorida Conference members are partnering with Chinese Union Mission’s Project Panda in support of 36 indigenous two-person church-planting teams. These pioneer teams share the love of Jesus in unreached areas of China.

According to recent reports, one of the teams welcomed more than 60 nonChristians to health seminars. Three families from the church invited their parents to participate. After attending the health programs and accepting Bible truth, two of the parents gave up their fortune-telling practices. They changed their diet and living habits, and decided to observe the Sabbath.

Another team reported they are sharing Jesus through social services. “We held health fairs on 30 different occasions in the streets. A total of 613 people were served. While waiting for health checkups, we spoke to people about Jesus as church members spread gospel tracts around our service area. Some gave us their contact information and we continue to visit them, especially those near our house church.”

Thank you, Florida Conference members, for your financial and prayerful support of pioneer teams who are sharing Christ in China. Please pray that seeds which are sown by these teams will bring about a great harvest.

For updates about the Chinese church-planting teams, contact Project Panda staff at kgrowth.org.

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Winter Haven Clubs Hold Induction Ceremony

posted on November 21, 2015, under Church by

by Glessie Recass

Pictured from left: Earleen Recass, Winter Haven Cherubs Director; Lisa Gary, Volunteer Adventurer Ministries Coordinator; and some of the inductees and parents.

Pictured from left: Earleen Recass, Winter Haven Cherubs Director; Lisa Gary, Volunteer Adventurer Ministries Coordinator; and some of the inductees and parents.

On a special Sabbath in September, an induction ceremony for the Cherubs Adventurer Club and Warriors Pathfinder Club took place in the Winter Haven, Fla., Church. This ceremony united inductees into fellowship with Florida Conference Pathfinders as well as the worldwide Pathfinder organization.

Volunteer Adventurer Ministries Coordinator Lisa Gary and her husband, Brad, represented the Florida Conference Pathfinder organization. During the ceremony, inductees and their parents filled the front of the church as Lisa offered a prayer of dedication.

Coordinated by Cherubs Director Earleen Recass, the candlelight ceremony added to the solemnity and sense of commitment. After this special service, other parents wanted to get involved and talked with staff members about enrolling their children.

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Communicators Reflect on a Godly Man

posted on November 14, 2015, under Member by

by Gladys Neigel

Herbert Warren Pritchard, 1928-2015, represented Ocala Church as a communicator for 16 years. (Photo: Betty Kossick)

Herbert Warren Pritchard, 1928-2015, represented Ocala Church as a communicator for 16 years. (Photo: Betty Kossick)

Pardon us for allowing our feelings to show through. Pardon us as we take a moment of reflection for a colleague…

One of our Florida Conference communication team members has written his last article, sent his last e-mail, and shared his last story. Herbert Warren Pritchard passed away August 28, 2015.

From an administrative career with the denomination to his personal appearance, he was meticulous in every detail. He would take this same attribute and put it to good use when he began to write as the communication director for Ocala Church. His first byline appeared in Southern Tidings in April 1999, and his last article for the September 2015 issue was in production at the time of his unexpected death.

A wordsmith by skill, Herb’s writings reflected his love for young people and their involvement in ministry. His last article in Florida Focus, entitled “Ocala Youth Catch the Vision to Serve,” merited a place on the back cover of the Spring 2015 issue’s Generation Change feature.

Herb, left, assists with a photography segment during Florida Conference’s Communication Training Workshop in 2006. (Photo: Lee Bennett)

Herb, left, assists with a photography segment during Florida Conference’s Communication Training Workshop in 2006. (Photo: Lee Bennett)

Reflections from some of the people who knew him best:

“Kindness, developed through a true Christian spirit, is what we remember most about Herb.” John Kossick (a friend from boyhood) and his wife Betty.

“His gentleness was so reflective of another great man, Jesus! No wonder he was always smiling when I saw him.” Doreen Negley, friend.

“He would always have the right scripture when you were feeling down or discouraged and remind you to give thanks in times of gladness.” Brandon Clarke, grandson.

Herb and his wife, Judy. (Photo: Betty Kossick)

Herb and his wife, Judy. (Photo: Betty Kossick)

“Herb always made sure his family was loved, that they knew of God, and that he would always be there for them. He was a true patriarch of the family.” Stacy Wetmore, granddaughter.

Herb’s writings live on through the archives of Florida Focus and Southern Tidings. His Christian example lives on through the numerous people, young and old, he encouraged throughout the years.

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Pathfinders Compete In Bible Experience

posted on November 12, 2015, under Church by

by Myrlin Brooks

PBE-LogoIn 2015, twelve Florida Conference Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE) teams advanced to the Division level as part of a 128-team field competing in Keene, Tex. All 12 Florida teams scored a 1st-place finish: Altamonte Springs Knights, Bethesda Eagles French, Eliathah Envoys, Ft. Lauderdale Spanish Astros, Hialeah Springs Spanish, Lehigh Royal Knights, Maranatha Torchbearers, Miami Central Spanish Team A, Miami Central Spanish Team B, Miami Springs Truth Seekers, Plantation Messengers, and Westchester Spanish.

As a result of the intensive Bible study required for teams to excel, the words they read will stay with them for the rest of their lives. The unique methods used in helping Pathfinders become more intimate with their Savior is exceptional and fun. One coach voiced that studying the Bible with her children made her family grow closer.

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Oh No—Probate!

posted on November 10, 2015, under Conference by

by Gloria Becker

Probate“HELP! I just probated my parents’ estate, and I don’t want my children to go through this aggravation. What can I do?” In the Florida Conference Development and Planned Giving office, we hear this question quite often. How can people avoid the expense of probate and the delay in settling their loved ones’ affairs?

Simply put, probate is the process by which a court oversees your estate, including paying off your debts and distributing your remaining assets. Essentially, this process concludes all your legal and financial matters after your demise. The court will distribute assets according to your Will. If there is no Will, the court will follow the state rules for estate distribution.

What Are the Advantages of Probate?
The probate process:

  • Validates your Will and confirms the appointment of the Executor (or Personal Representative) you stipulated in your Will.
  • Supervises the Executor to ensure that debts are properly paid, claims are resolved, and property is distributed according to the Will.
  • Limits time for creditors to make a claim against the estate.

What Are the Disadvantages of Probate?
There are some disadvantages of probate, including:

  • Probate costs can be expensive with fees for attorneys, executor, accounting, filing, and other miscellaneous charges. Administrative fees can consume between 5% and 10% of your estate.
  • Your estate does not have privacy since your Will, beneficiary and asset information, and creditor claims are all matters of public record.
  • The probate process is inflexible as it must adhere to state statutes and strict court rules.
  • The time frame to probate your estate can be as little as six months, if it’s a simple Will, or two years or longer for a more complicated Will.

How Can I Avoid Probate?
Here are a few tips to avoid probate:

  • Establish a Revocable Trust and transfer your assets to the trust.
  • Legally co-own your home, car, or bank accounts with another person in joint tenancy.
  • Name beneficiaries on your checking/savings accounts, life insurance, pension plans, and IRAs.

Do I Need an Advisor and/or Lawyer?
It is highly recommended that you seek counsel from an estate planning consultant.

The good news is that the Florida Conference Development and Planned Giving Department has a consultant team ready to assist you in putting together your plan. We work with an experienced estate planning attorney. Together, we can familiarize you with your best options.

And there’s more good news: If you are a constituent member of a Florida Conference church, the service is FREE to you, so contact us today.

(407) 644-5000 x2241
planned.giving@floridaconference.com

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Film Workshop Inspires Orlando Filmmaker Meetups

posted on November 10, 2015, under Conference by

 

Sixty-two of 80+ weekend participants gathered for a photo at the close of the August 1-2 film workshop at Florida Conference headquarters in Altamonte Springs. When the group was asked what attracted them to the event, one answer perfectly summed up the reason: "For love of film. For love of God. For love of creating films for the Creator." (Photo: Lee Bennett)

Sixty-two of 80+ weekend participants gathered for a photo at the close of the August 1-2 film workshop at Florida Conference headquarters in Altamonte Springs. When the group was asked what attracted them to the event, one answer perfectly summed up the reason: “For love of film. For love of God. For love of creating films for the Creator.” (Photo: Lee Bennett)

by Martin Butler

SONscreen | Ignite Florida, an early August film workshop, found Florida Conference’s communication and youth departments partnering with North American Division (NAD) for a weekend of networking and learning opportunities including workshops, seminars, film screenings, a pitch panel, and a mini movie challenge.

This first regional event associated with NAD’s annual SONscreen Film Festival, featured presenters Nathan Nazario and Rik Swartzwelder (Old Fashioned); Jeremy Rowland (Prodigal); Mark Comberiate (I Will Not Fear); Julio Muñoz, SONscreen Film Festival executive producer; Tami Cinquemani, Florida Hospital Church worship director; Stephen Majors, True Health Television Network lead editor; and Stanley Pomianowski, freelance filmmaker.

Acrobat PDF files of presenter handouts, videos of all the mini movie challenge entries, and a link to the Prodigal film are available at floridaconference.com/sonscreenignite as well as a link to the SONscreen | Ignite Facebook Group.

“Getting to interact with successful Christian writers, directors, and producers was most beneficial,” stated one attendee in summarizing the weekend. “Truly, it was an opportunity to network, share, and inspire with like-minded film makers.”

Recognizing the benefits of continued training and opportunities to have new projects critiqued, Pomianowski volunteered to host Orlando Filmmaker Meetup at Florida Conference headquarters the second Sunday evening of each month. Meetups began in September with each one featuring a film industry leader. Information on past meetups and future gatherings can be found at facebook.com/orlandofilmmaker.

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And the Walls Came Tumbling Down

posted on November 07, 2015, under Conference, Relocation by

"The demolition of our former Winter Park conference office during October 2015 causes me to recall the dramatic way in which God miraculously opened the door to acquire our present facility in Altamonte Springs," said Mike Cauley, Florida Conference President, after he saw photos of the walls coming down. "Who would have thought when the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) told us they were going to widen Interstate 4 and that we needed to find a new home, God would lead us in such a marvelous way?" The entire Wymore Road property was purchased by the FDOT as part of the Interstate 4 expansion project. (Photo: Lee Bennett)

“The demolition of our former Winter Park conference office during October 2015 causes me to recall the dramatic way in which God miraculously opened the door to acquire our present facility in Altamonte Springs,” said Mike Cauley, Florida Conference President, after he saw photos of the walls coming down. “Who would have thought when the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) told us they were going to widen Interstate 4 and that we needed to find a new home, God would lead us in such a marvelous way?” The entire Wymore Road property was purchased by the FDOT as part of the Interstate 4 expansion project. (Photo: Lee Bennett)

 

On July 26, 1992, U.S. Congressman Bill McCollum, left, and Florida Conference President Obed Graham cut the ribbon during grand opening ceremonies for the new Wymore Road office. (Photo: Cindy Kurtzhals)

On July 26, 1992, U.S. Congressman Bill McCollum, left, and Florida Conference President Obed Graham cut the ribbon during grand opening ceremonies for the new Wymore Road office. (Photo: Cindy Kurtzhals)

 

Employees gathered for one last group photo at 655 N. Wymore Road for Florida Conference's 120th anniversary. (Photo: Aric Turlington)

Employees gathered for one last group photo at 655 N. Wymore Road for Florida Conference’s 120th anniversary. (Photo: Aric Turlington)

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Paradigm Shift: Building Momentum Through Relationally-based Evangelism

posted on November 07, 2015, under Conference by

by Mike Cauley, D.Min.
Florida Conference President

I have always loved public evangelism: the energy in preparing for the opening night, getting to know those whom the Lord has brought through advertising and member invitations, building a prayer list of those who are contemplating full surrender to Christ, visiting people in their homes, and trying to move them to a decision by the final Sabbath of the five- or six-week campaign.

Relational Evangelism

Relational Evangelism

I am very indebted to this wonderful process as my mother came into the church through public meetings. Those evangelists who brought many people to Jesus and into the Adventist movement over the years through this method are true heroes.

But change has overtaken the American culture at warp speed. Around 30% of people under age 35 (20% of the general population) report no religious affiliation of any kind—Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, etc. A lack of respect for Christianity is evident in the media and pop culture. Biblical illiteracy is the new norm. Simple Bible stories are unknown to most people. Many young people have never been inside a church except to attend a wedding or a funeral.

In 2015, only 14% of Floridians attend church. About 90% of the population resides in metro regions, and society is becoming increasingly secular. Unfortunately, the trusted methods of yesterday do not work in reaching young adults. African-Americans, Caucasians, and second- or third-generation people from Latin or Caribbean families are no longer as responsive to traditional methods. Yet, people must be reached with a Christ-centered message of hope and wholeness.

If we are going to remain effective, we must establish new methods in more long-term, relational strategies. About 70 years ago, people were hungry for information. Today, they can access more information with their smart phones than they know what to do with. What they are now hungry for are genuine relationships.

I recently interviewed Roger Hernandez, Ministerial Director for Southern Union Conference. He is using methods strongly tied to relationships between members and people who are far from God. Here are some of the things I learned from methods he is piloting:

PregnancyEvangelism Is Like Having a Baby
A shift from a short preparation process with a long evangelistic campaign to a long preparation process followed by a short campaign.

Hernandez likens the evangelistic process to having a baby. Bringing a baby into the world involves three things:

Conception. This may be likened to making friends in the community. It is an ongoing process for a disciple-making church, but there is a renewed focus upon this principle at the start of the evangelistic countdown.

Pregnancy. This is likened to the momentum established in the church as the congregation continues to make and cultivate friendships in the community through various avenues of service. Just as a mother prepares for childbirth for nine months by attending training classes, reading books, etc., this new evangelism model is also a nine-month process.

Delivery. In childbirth, the preferred outcome is for the delivery process to be shorter rather than longer. If the labor extends too long, it isn’t the ideal. If enough relationships with nonbelievers have been cultivated, a lot can be accomplished by a one-week (eight nights) evangelistic program. The momentum will build because much work is already being done with people in their homes.

Hand the CrossEvery Member a Minister
A shift from depending upon paid evangelistic workers to training volunteer church members to be missionaries where they live and work each day.

Every evangelist I ever worked with wished the harvest would be prepared before the meetings opened, but members were not taught the biblical concept of every member a minister. Frankly, we preachers didn’t understand it either. Evangelism and ministry were considered to be the pastor’s job, but a renewed emphasis on every member being a minister is changing the way members think. Interestingly enough, this concept has always been present in the writings of Ellen White. When put into action, the number of new members who remain after baptism is increasing.

In Hernandez’ model, a large-scale launch to prepare the church is held nine months ahead of public meetings. At the rally, an appeal is made for members to work with their pastor and attend all of the monthly training events. Here are some of the trainings:

Intercessory Prayer. Training in intercessory prayer is provided at the outset. Later in the preparation process leading up to the public meetings, a 40 Days of Prayer event is organized, and it becomes a spiritual revival for the congregation. The prayers are especially targeted toward people who don’t know the Lord.

Service. Service is the most practical and essential component for preparation. Research today tells us that service is a foundational element in helping people grow to maturity in Christ. When 40 Days of Service was conducted last year in West Palm Beach, it was exciting to see our churches come alive with engagement around this model: free car washes, painting houses of people in the neighborhood near the church, and doing good deeds for older people in the community. The multitude of service projects carried forth by young people, middle-age, and older members was transformative:

  • How to relate to nonChristian and nonAdventist friends and visitors in a way that is winsome.
  • Leading a community Bible study.
  • How to retain new members. These new methodologies focused upon relational strategies resulted in a 30-40% increase in retention.
  • How to help people make decisions.

InvitationPersonal Invitations
A shift from depending upon mass mail to personal invitations.

The money usually spent on mailing brochures is spent on a small wage for a couple of people who will give Bible studies for three months before the start of the eight-night series. These are temporary hires, but members are also trained to give Bible studies as volunteers. In the past, since pastors and evangelists were trying to do everything, churches looked to public advertising to bring people to the meetings—and it worked! My mother joined the Adventist Church after she saw meetings advertised in the local newspaper. Unfortunately, today, fewer people respond to mailers, newspaper advertising, and posters. Members may hand out advertisements to those with whom they have established a relationship.

SermonPractical Sermons
A shift from a month-long series to a one-week series.

Hernandez conducts baptisms each night and calls for decisions, since people have been studying the Bible in homes for months. He advises, “Preach decision sermons that answer the question, ‘So what?’ and show the blessing and benefits of the Sabbath, a life of vitality and health, and the second coming.” These practical sermons help people to embrace truth. Since American society knows less about the Bible today than at any other time in our history, people are much less resistant to embrace Bible truth since they possess fewer prejudices or biases.

FriendsMake a Friend
A shift from little follow-up to follow-up that is well-planned and implemented.

Every new convert is given a ministry assignment. They are immediately involved and assigned one or more spiritual mentors to encourage him/her in their walk. Make sure their circle of friends in the church enlarges quickly. When we relied primarily on advertising, most of those who decided to be baptized had very few, if any, friends in the church. The likelihood of their staying in the church was challenging.

My friend Alex Bryant, Executive Secretary of the North American Division, was invited to hold meetings this summer in Kansas City. He told the congregation if they would conduct service projects and establish relationships with 1,000 people, he would hold the meetings.

Two groups of people were baptized. One was a delightful group who were relatively new in the U.S. His sermons were translated every night, and a number of people were baptized.

He had another group who came from friendships. They were people who we usually don’t win in large numbers, but because they were connected with members and saw them as friends, they came. Many were baptized and enthusiastic about being a part of a family who are sharing the Gospel in practical, loving ways.

People are hungry for relationships. So, I challenge you to make a friend today. It may be a life that Christ will touch through you for eternity!

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Step Out Into the Neighborhood!

by Cleber Machado

Cleber Machado, right, pastor of Orlando Central Church, trains in Brazilian Jiujitsu with his instructor, Leo Gocking.

Cleber Machado, right, pastor of Orlando Central Church, trains in Brazilian Jiujitsu with his instructor, Leo Gocking.

One of the inevitable truths in the Bible is that God is at work. From the first page to the last, He is relentlessly involved. The greater adventure for any human being is to discover when and where and, then, to join God in His efforts to save us.

Knowing that, one of the first steps is to start being present in the streets and commercial establishments of the neighborhood—to be where people are and to engage them in conversation! I meet special people by stepping out into the neighborhood:

  • One is a tattoo artist who not only considers his work sinful, but feels that God will never accept him. In our conversations, sometimes we cry together thinking about how both of us need Jesus and how we can help each other.
  • Another person is a professor at the University of Central Florida. We’ve sat on his porch and exchanged ideas about the historic neighborhood in which his home and our church are located.
  • Since I needed to exercise, I also joined the local YMCA and a Brazilian Jiujitsu gym with the idea of engaging people with whom I would not normally converse. Following a short exchange of names at the gym, a mother of a fellow member approached me while I was warming up and asked me about the state of the dead! Talk about incredible!

God is calling us back to the neighborhood. It is time to be people of the Way; Good Samaritans. We must make a difference where we live. Our homes are to be lighthouses and our food to bring flavor.

As Jesus said, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” —Matthew 5:16 (NIV)

West Palm Beach Young Adults Minister to the Homeless

by Stephen Stewart

Young adults from First Church of West Palm Beach have befriended homeless people in their community. (Photo: Stephen Stewart)

Young adults from First Church of West Palm Beach have befriended homeless people in their community. (Photo: Stephen Stewart)

Every Sabbath afternoon, a group of young adults from First Church of West Palm Beach bring relief to the homeless at John Prince State Park. Funded from their own pockets, the young people pass out sandwiches, toiletries, clothing, and shoes. They’ve formed relationships, and many of the homeless are known on a first-name basis.

When the church conducted its annual Community Guest Day, the young adults collaborated with the church’s Community Services and Sabbath School Departments to include these homeless individuals. They provided transportation from the park, a shower, and a change of clothing.

In addition to worshiping together, the homeless enjoyed an afternoon meal along with other guests of the day. The young people made a great effort to be sure those to whom they ministered felt right at home as they worshiped and fellowshipped with members of the church.

West Palm Beach young adults realize that homelessness is an issue much larger than they can handle by themselves. They are, however, determined by God’s grace to do what they can to share the love of Jesus with the homeless community.

At Avon Park Church, Everybody Matters

by Frank Gonzalez

Member Burton Wright helps the Avon Park Church's Community Services ministry distribute food and clothing to families in need. (Photo: Tom Amos)

Member Burton Wright helps the Avon Park Church’s Community Services ministry distribute food and clothing to families in need. (Photo: Tom Amos)

A refusal to let anyone—member or neighbor alike—feel unimportant has led the Avon Park congregation to implement a comprehensive, relational, small group strategy tailored after the counsel that a man named Jethro gave his famous son-in-law, Moses (Exodus 18).

In Avon Park, this Jethro Plan has resulted in the formation of 78 groups of 12. Group leaders lovingly contact inactive members with nonintrusive methods while encouraging active members to reach out to friends and neighbors.

During the past 2½ years, 58 ethnically diverse new members have joined the church through baptism, a difficult accomplishment in what is commonly regarded as a retirement community.

Higher Ground, a new outreach to young adults, has just launched under the enthusiastic leadership of Associate Pastor Ryan Amos who is assisted by highly talented lay associates.

Bill Peters with the Delivered Meals ministry visits with the program's founder, Kathlyn Myers, who was homebound before moving to a nursing facility. (Photo: Tom Amos)

Bill Peters with the Delivered Meals ministry visits with the program’s founder, Kathlyn Myers, who was homebound before moving to a nursing facility. (Photo: Tom Amos)

A vibrant Community Services ministry feeds and clothes more than 1,200 people a week (200 of which receive lunches in their homes thanks to our Wednesday luncheon ministry).

Inspired and led by Associate Pastor Geston Pierre, musical teams encourage the heart by bringing warm, hopeful, Christian music to people’s homes.

The Partnering for Eternity program, led by Walker Memorial Academy Principal Jacqueline Colón-Diaz, encourages qualified students to engage senior citizens in positive and mutually beneficial interaction.

Ellen White says, “The formation of small companies as a basis of Christian effort is a plan that has been presented before me by One who cannot err.” —Evangelism, p. 115. At Avon Park, the cross of Christ has taught us that, in our churches and neighborhoods, everybody truly matters.

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Members Touching Lives In China

posted on November 05, 2015, under Conference by

by Audrey Folkenberg

Project PandaHer husband had betrayed her many times. Her son, overwhelmed by ongoing conflict, chose to leave home. Despondent, she moved to a new city in order to start a new life; a life where her path intersected with ours, and we began studying the Bible and praying together.

One day, we found her very ill in her dimly lit home. She allowed us to take her to the hospital. During her hospitalization for dengue fever, our house-church completed several major home repairs for her and provided all her nourishment. Her fever finally normalized, she kept food down, and the rash which once covered her body began to dissipate.

Touched by the love and kindness she received, her heart fully accepted Jesus into her life, and baptism followed. Since her baptism, she testifies of God’s love. She frequently comments on how, during her hospitalization, her church family installed proper lighting in her dimly lit home. She says it represents the true light that she now has in her life.

Thank you, Florida Conference members, for your prayerful and monetary support of Project Panda. Because of you, church-planting pioneer teams are sharing the Gospel and growing God’s Kingdom in unreached areas of China, the most populous unreached region in the world.

Send questions or comments to kingdomgrowth@chumadventist.org

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Youth Impact Initiative Makes a Difference at Quiet Waters Park in Broward County

posted on November 05, 2015, under Conference by

by Rudy Alvir and Broward County Park Staff

Participants in Florida Conference's Youth Impact Initiative spent two days cleaning the shores of three lakes in Quiet Waters park. (Photo: Robert Hines)

Participants in Florida Conference’s Youth Impact Initiative spent two days cleaning the shores of three lakes in Quiet Waters park. (Photo: Robert Hines)

“Thank you again; your group is amazing,” wrote Peter White, a grounds-keeper from the Broward County Park System. With his letter, he also enclosed a web site where an official thank you was posted for those who participated in making a difference at Quiet Waters Park.

For two days, 45 young people and 10 adults from around the State of Florida worked more than 165 hours performing various duties at the park where they: painted a restroom, removed invasive plants from the mountain bike trails, and conducted a waterway cleanup along the shores of three lakes in the park.

Participants painted a restroom facility. (Photo: Robert Hines)

Participants painted a restroom facility. (Photo: Robert Hines)

This park effort was part of Florida Conference’s Youth Impact Initiative where young people ages 14 to 20 spent a week at their own expense working in the community. The participants also received training in assessment of community needs, Vacation Bible School (VBS), literature distribution, and giving Bible studies.

The young people also served at Cairn Place, a local institution for single mothers and their children, and at the Festival of Hope on Saturday afternoon.

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