What happens when a group of Caribbean folks take root in a community and develop a vision for how they can make a difference in that community?
On Sunday, September 12, the members of the Metro Seventh-day Adventist church had the grand opening of their activity center. This center is the latest component of a difference making campus consisting of a church, a K-8 school, and a senior citizen home.
These folks made an anchoring investment with a price tag that runs north of $7M is a bold statement of commitment . This center comprises:
A full-sized gymnasium to promote wellness
A community center that provides food & clothing to the community
A banquet hall to provide a space for celebrations
Offices to provide affordable health-care to the surrounding community,
Classroom space to provide educational services such as GED, ESL, and financial counseling.
An ambitious project of this scope requires lots of vision, perseverance, detours, and strong leadership. This community clearly is blessed with these attributes and this accomplishment did not go unnoticed by public officials. Jack Johnson, County Executive for Prince George’s County was overwhelming with praise of this faith community’s effort in enhancing the lives of residents of their county.
Although the weather was overcast and damp, this did not dampening the enthusiasm of this Caribbean community.
and folks shared their talents in other ways
and smiles spoke volume of pride in this achievement
and salt of the earth wisdom
And homefield advantage
And the beginning of providing tremendous value to the community
Our communities are coming apart at the seams in many dimensions. We are pressed on every side and the tasks of social progress looks haunting. But.. but when a vision is born in a heart, and a leadership team catches the vision, and a faith community embraces the possibility, difference making takes place.
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