Suburbs aren’t always suburbs. Some may fit the stereotype of cookie-cutter houses and manicured lawns. Raleigh and Frayser don’t.
Last summer we partnered with Agape’s Powerlines Community Network to experience life and faith with residents of Ashton Hills Apartments in Raleigh and Pershing Park Apartments in Frayser.
Judith Pruitt of Agape reported, “In a first for Agape, the youth group and chaperones lived in the PCN Ashton Hills Apartments for the week they served the community residents. This allowed them to immerse themselves in the community they were serving and learn from the residents even as they served. Living within the community also provided the opportunity to see the community and residents and how they live even after program hours. This innovative approach to service walked out: ‘The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.’”
Marquis McPherson of Agape said, “I would like to personally say thank you to Bro. Barry Fowler, Bro. Steven Gaines, Cordova Community Youth Group, and adult volunteers (Bro. Nathan and Sis. Lisa) for an amazing week at Ashton Hills. Vacation Bible School was awesome and we really enjoyed the lessons, skits, and arts n’ crafts. Bro. Jim, thank you for opening the doors to Raleigh Community Church, because we realized after the first day we needed more space. The kids from Ashton Hills, Pershing Park, and Raleigh Community had a blast this week. I cannot forget last night’s event, ‘Worship on the Lawn’ at Ashton Hills. It was an epic night! The residents were excited. The kids enjoyed every single moment during the night. Over 70 individuals attended the event. A number of resident surveys were collected.”
This summer we get to do similar work with Jacob’s Well and other groups. The details are still developing, so stay tuned!
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