Young Adult Retreat Sparks “Movement” at Temple Emmanuel
Heart Feeders Ministry, a fall retreat for young adults held at the Allegheny West Conference camp grounds, recently inspired Carlos Jusino, a member of the Temple Emmanuel church in Youngstown, Ohio, to action.
Story by Bryant Smith
Jusino says that God placed a call on his heart to reach out to others so they could avoid some of his past experiences. “I grew up on the streets, wasted so much of my time and almost lost my life,” he shares. “If I knew that there was a better way, if I saw someone my age doing something positive, I would know that I had options and didn’t have to live this life.”
Jusino wanted to provide a safe, spiritual, atmosphere that would provide young adults in the community a positive example and motivate them to be a force for good and change in their community. To meet this goal, he organized “The Movement,” an event for people committed to changing themselves and their community. Attendees enjoyed live music, poetry, gospel rap, testimonies and non-alcoholic beverages. Many un-churched young adults attended. For some, it was their first time inside a Seventh-day Adventist church.
Jusino reports that one individual even asked to be baptized and wanted to permanently change his life for God—for good. “The next event will be larger and greater, and more people will be exposed to our positive message. Ministry continues to go beyond the walls in AWC,” says Jusino.
Feature Photo: Temple Emanuel members and new friends from the community gather for a night of fellowship.