With a Twist
CLEAN UP: Camille R. Merced, from Puerto Rico, and Sahana Richard Injety, from India, now living in South Africa, spend the afternoon organizing the bedroom of the 9-year-old son of “Miss Edith,” a neighbor of Rustin and Stacy Sweeney, a couple who moved their family into a low-income apartment complex in order to live the gospel and build up the community from within.elena Deazle from Wokingham, Berkshire, England, wasn’t sure what to expect when she decided to attend IMPACT Atlanta (iATL), a young adult leadership and discipleship event that ran concurrently with the General Conference (GC) session held June 23 through July 3, 2010. A friend had told her about IMPACT St. Louis, the young adult event held during the 2005 GC session, so when the time came to register for the 2010 event, Deazle eagerly signed up.
WORSHIP: LaToya Wolfe (center) from Chicago, Illinois, and fellow delegates sing during an “encounters café” worship service at iATL.Several of the community service events and discipleship training sessions made lasting impressions upon LaToya Wolfe. From Chicago, Illinois, United States, Wolfe participated in the four main community service activities that were part of the iATL experience.3 Excited to be here with people who are invested in youth, Wolfe says: “I really wanted to pick up some tools from youth ministry leaders from other parts of the globe…. Studying at Andrews University4 you get caught up in the academics of ministry…; we sometimes miss the daily growth. We get the content but can miss the process…. Watching all the things that happened down [in Atlanta] that were unscripted was just amazing.”
A WOMAN IN THE PARK: An iATL delegate helps mixed media artist and youth pastor Milton Coronado finish a mural in Centennial Olympic Park depicting a woman and the words “End It Now.”From sorting crayons to washing dishes; from babysitting to pulling up weeds; from listening to testimonies of recovering drug addicts to encouraging people to sign a petition to end violence against women and girls,6 iATL gave delegates the tools to discover opportunities for servant leadership in their own communities while ministering to the needs of Atlanta residents.