The Gift of Experience

April 1st, 2015

Who's My Neighbor

From Friday, March 27 through Sunday, March 29, 2015, a group of students from Sneedville, TN. spent the weekend with students from the Bethlehem Center, and left their mark all over Chattanooga.

Students from Sneedville came to Chattanooga to do community service, see Chattanooga for what it is, see where their friends from the Bethlehem Center live, as they learned "who their neighbor is" in Chattanooga.

Brian Allen, Director of Youth & Family Development for the Bethlehem Center says, "they wanted to give back, and they did that." 

Nineteen children from The Bethlehem Center and the Jubilee Project, Inc. prepared 200 sac lunches and gave them to the homeless in downtown Chattanooga, visited The Chattanooga Community Kitchen, and even visited The Chambliss Shelter for Children, where they gave the kids stuffed animals.

Left: Brian Jr. pack over 200 lunches, delivered to the homeless in downtown Chattanooga on March 28.

Right: Jubilee Project, Inc. and Bethlehem Center students sit outside the Chambliss Center for Children, where they donated teddy bears.

"That is what you want to see from both groups," says Brian. "You want them to not worry about their problems, but focus on the problem at hand in that community at that time."

"Who Is My Nieghbor" was created by the Jubilee Project, Inc. and the Bethlehem Center after Brian met Marta and Rhonda of the Jubilee Center at a mission conference at Ooltewah United Methodist Church.

"I was seeing what they do up there and the needs that need to be met in the community they live in", says Brian, "and I asked, 'how can we be of service to each other.'"

They drew on Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37, and Marta was blessed to find a grant to fund the program.

Bethlehem Center students took the first trip, visiting Sneedville, TN.

The students worked on an old gym that is being remodeled so that other volunteers can visit.

They also spent time talking about life in Sneedville and Chattanooga, and spent time learning about God together.

"We got to know one another to see what they go through on a day-to-day basis, not only in their community, but also in our community,".

The Bethlehem Center and Jubilee Project, Inc. hope to continue the project next year.

They are praying for the project to become a four-day trip, and ask for your prayers as well.

"They were so amazed at what we do, and we're amazed at what they do in that small town," says. Brian.

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The Jubilee Project, Inc.

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