From Night Spot to Bright Spot

From Night Spot to Bright Spot

While young adults seek to become trained evangelists for the Adventist Church through the REACH Columbia Union Urban Evangelism School, the building where they gain their biblical knowledge, of all things, used to be a bar/nightclub.

Story by Sam Belony

The "before' shot of the REACH building

The “before’ shot of the REACH building

The REACH school rents its space from REACH Philadelphia, a young adult church plant that has been serving the community since 2011. The church found a new location, which it purchased in March 2014 and has been remodeling the bar into a ministry center.

“I remember during the fall of last year, we had a meeting with the city council about the zoning permits, and when they learned what address we were seeking to build this ministry center [on], to have the school, all around the table there were glances shared among the boards; they were laughing to themselves because they all knew the history of the building,” recalls student Joshua Benito.

The REACH building is still in progress.

The REACH building is still in progress.

The building’s transformation into a ministry center illustrates God’s restorative power. “A building where there was once darkness and hopelessness, now will be a ministry center full of light and hope and healing,” says Tara VinCross, REACH School director. “God, who called us out of darkness and into
His marvelous light, also does that in our neighbors and neighborhoods, as God takes over the space and renews it.”

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