Helping others can change their lives and your life says Katie Hundley. She is one of about 200 Disciples youth attending the Assembly who are participating in a variety of service projects. Katie, from Shelbyville, Ky., said at the end of the day “I feel so accomplished knowing somehow I may have changed somebody’s life.”
Katie was at Southport Christian Church helping provide free food to families in need with a variety of food provided by local food collection center, Gleaner’s Food Bank. She was joined by about 20 other Disciples youth.
“It is so good to provide food to those who can’t afford it and to see how it helps them and their families. They are always so thankful and they say “God bless you!” Katie said.
In less then five hours, according to Local Arrangements Mission Coordinator Brooks Barrick, the Disciples youth helped feed 142 families for a week. “God is good!” he exclaimed.
Southport Christian Church is near an apartment complex that houses many Myanmar (Burma) Chin immigrants. Thasin Kim, a resident of the nearby complex was nearly overwhelmed by the work of the Disciples kids. “I am so happy, this is the first time,” she said as the youth helped her carry a box of food.
Nine year old Brandon Takang, who attends North Chevy Chase Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Silver Springs, Md. will take his Indianapolis food bank experience home. “This has changed my future,” he said, “I’m going to help others and continue what I’ve learned here.”
“I was happy to help the Burmese people. It must be hard to be here.”
Brandon reflected on his life and the lives he was helping today. “I don’t have to worry about stuff. I’m lucky, I have a lot compared to the people we’re helping today.”
Brandon is a planner. When he returns to Silver Springs he’s going to search the internet for local food banks, donate his clothes, which he admits he has too many and “get involved.”
Written by: David Shank