It’s been a little over two weeks since we had the privilege of leading a Micah experience with a middle school youth group from Highrock church.
What an experience!
We served and learned alongside this amazing group of middle-schoolers, high school leaders and some really great adult volunteers, partnering with eleven different organizations.
Micah programs are part of BFJN’s mission to call and equip Christians for just and generous living. During the weekend we seek to educate participants about the realities of homelessness, trafficking, incarceration and food insecurity – generally and also more specifically in Massachusetts and the greater Boston area. We serve together with organizations working with these vulnerable communities and process our learning and experience through the lens of scripture and the biblical call to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God.
It was a joy to be invited into the wonderful community of High Rock’s youth programs. The students participated with curiosity, hard work and good humor. From belting out T-Swift to random tug of wars (still not sure where that rope came from) to scrambling 120 eggs for breakfast in a hot kitchen without complaint (or without too many complaints – it was hot!) to serving meals, harvesting crops, cleaning yard debris and putting together 10 housewarming baskets we had a profound experience of God’s grace and came to better understand how to love our neighbors!
What an experience and blessing indeed!
This was a weekend we have been planning and looking forward to since 2022, and I am still basking in the joy that it brought me. As the Associate Executive Director of BFJN, words can not describe how thankful I am that our Micah six:eight program is such an integral part of our organization. God was all up in the midst of the learning, serving, building and transforming that occurred.
To see middle-school students in a space of intentionality, curiosity and vulnerability had more of an impact than I can even put into words. Committing not only their time, but their hands and hearts to justice. What a refreshing opportunity to see in a world often filled with chaos and calamity, that young minds are coming together to fellowship and serve, furthering the understanding of their unique calling and purpose as Christians. It didn’t matter whether it was raining, or the sun was shining (almost unbearably), they showed up each morning ready for the full day of plans that were scheduled.
If this blog has inspired you to serve or has piqued your interest in doing a Micah six:eight service learning weekend with your church community, please reach out to us as we would love to learn and serve alongside you!