BUCYRUS — More than 1,000 pairs of flip flops were passed out on the midway at the Bratwurst Festival by teens from Bucyrus United Methodist Church.
“People of our congregation donated the flip flops and money to help us exceed our goal of 1,000,” said youth leader Sue Stander. “The youth chose to pass out flip flops because they appeal to the under-30 age group.”
This was just one of many projects the youth are doing as part of Project 1:8, a challenge presented in June at the Youth Annual Conference for the United Methodist Church’s East Ohio Conference. The challenge is to fulfill Jesus’ command to “Go make disciples of all the nations” using the power he promised in Acts 1:8: “But when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will receive power and tell people about me everywhere, and to the ends of the earth.”
“Our youth decided our local community was where they needed to begin,” said Stander.
“Each flip flop has a sticker inviting the recipient to come worship with us, plus the scripture Jeremiah 29:11: ‘For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and hope.'”
The teens staffed two parking lots during the festival and the church’s food stand. Proceeds go to fund the many missions and events in which the youth take part locally and within the conference.
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