LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. – The generosity of youth this past weekend demonstrates hope for the future. Amidst the news of suffering and loss, youth from across the southeast attended the annual THAW Martin Luther King, Jr. Ski Weekend hosted by Ministries with Young People (MYP) at Lake Junaluska. Although youth were gathered to worship, ski, and have fun with their friends, their hearts were opened to the needs of those devastated by the earthquake in Haiti.
MYP at Lake Junaluska announced the intent to collect an offering at the weekend’s Saturday night worship service on Facebook, challenging youth to donate what they could offer over the course of the weekend. By Sunday, the youth had donated over $2,000.
“One of the reasons I love being in youth ministry is because youth have an amazing ability to respond to needs put in front of them. In no way am I surprised by the amount of money we collected – it makes me extremely proud of our youth,” said Rev. Carolyn Poling, MYP Director at Lake Junaluska.
Because UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, was already working in Haiti at the time of the earthquake, the proceeds collected from this event will go directly to UMCOR’s ongoing efforts.
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