Youth Disprove Common Perceptions

"Today's youth are only concerned about themselves," is what many would say.  That's not how Pastor John Ojode would describe the youth from Pilgrim Lutheran Church.  On Saturday, March 2, this group of energetic young people from Pilgrim partnered with Adelphos Bible Church in Third Ward to bless the community through service and outreach.  Steven Krueger, Pilgrim's Director of Christian Education, also wouldn't describe the youth of his church in positive terms.  Steven helped organize this project along with LINC's staff, proving once again that his youth are ready to serve others.

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Pilgrim youth serve by painting the outside of a neighbor's home.

Throughout this struggling but proud community just south of downtown Houston, many families work hard just to survive.  

With a median household income of just 

$26,488, most residents of this 

historic African American

 community live with barely enough money to put food on the table.  Especially challenging for Third Ward's elderly population is the task of maintaining their aging homes.  That is why LINC's service projects in Third Ward area typically include home repair and maintenance.

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A BBQ brings together community members and neighbors.

The Youth group from Pilgrim Lutheran Church joined together with the people of Adelphos Bible Church to reach out to their community by offering a FREE Barbeque, going door-to-door handing out fliers about Adelphos and the God who loves them, and helping an elderly neighbor to repaint their home.  They were not only able to use their energy to bless the community, but also to help Pastor Ojode send a message of hope to those around him, a message that God loves them and cares about their well-being.

Pilgrim's Youth Group is already planning their next service event in May, and will continue serving the community all year long.  To us, this helps prove our theory that today's youth are simply waiting for the opportunity to make a difference in the world around them by putting their faith into action. 

Read a previous article about Adelpohs Church.