A Young Entrepreneur, Brunch, and Youth Camp

Mother’s Day: the day we all either scramble to buy flowers, make a card, or step out of our way to show our mothers that we care—to show them that we appreciate all that they do for us the rest of the year. CrossRoads, in celebration of mothers, once again hosted a Mother’s Day Brunch. This brunch was a fantastic way for children and husbands to demonstrate their love for their mothers and wives, without needing to plan much themselves; because let’s just be honest, our moms plan most of our outings and events.

This year, however, the banquet was special—something set it apart from years past. The bar was raised, and everything was a step up from the previous functions. But why? Or how? As is customary, the brunch functioned as a fundraiser for CrossRoads’ youth camp, and thus is usually organized by someone in the youth realm. This year, the torch was passed on to a young lady interning in the youth wing: Nicole. As I’m sure that anyone who attended would agree, Nicole, you hit it out of the park!

I had the privilege of interviewing Nicole about her role as the main organizer of this grand event and thoroughly enjoyed hearing of the challenges she overcame, and also hearing of her heart for the youth camp. As this was the first time that Nicole took on a project of this breadth, she was challenged to figure out everything that needed to be done, and also had to learn how to delegate tasks and jobs to the youth and others involved. Unbeknownst to anyone attending the brunch, Nicole and team encountered a funny mishap after the first service: they ran out of coffee! As many people will agree, coffee is an integral part of the morning—especially at a breakfast or brunch! Nicole tackled the problem like a champ though; while more coffee was brewing, Nicole had her youth running around the church, filling their coffee carafes at random coffee stations around the church! Sorry Coffee Ministry people!

Nicole’s heart is for the youth camp, and since the brunch was simply a fundraiser for the camp, Nicole was ecstatic that the brunch was very well-attended.  Over 280 people attended between both services, and a total of $3500 was raised for youth camp! Incredibly, $1838 of these funds were from donations! These donations will go towards subsidies for youth who cannot afford to attend camp. Thank you donors!

As with any event of considerable size, this event was not pulled off without many hands; this particular event, however, was largely run by the youth that hope to attend the upcoming youth camp. This year, the CrossRoads youth partnered with the youth from Living Stones Church to host the Mother’s Day Brunch, as the two youth groups are joining forces for the upcoming youth camp. Nicole particularly enjoyed “seeing all the youth work together and bond” (Nicole) as they planned, organized, and executed the brunch fundraiser. The youth camp is anticipated as both a great time of fellowship, but also anticipated as a time of incredible God moments and “wins of seeing people give their lives to Christ” (Nicole).

Nicole explained to me that the heart of the youth camp is derived from a passage in Luke 5, when Jesus saw the faith of a paralytic’s friends—when they climbed through the roof to bring their friend to Jesus—and so healed the paralytic. Thus, local missions is at the root of youth camp; youth are encouraged to bring their friends to camp, reaching out, and depicting their faith—much like the paralytic’s friends.

Nicole; your role in planning this huge event is noteworthy, as seeing the accomplishments of a young woman like you is inspiring to other up-and-coming young leaders. Thank you for paving the way for the next group of young leaders!

If you see Nicole (pretty blonde in the photo above!) in the hallway at CrossRoads, stop for a minute and chat with her—she’s phenomenal!

Mother’s Day Brunch Photos:

 

Youth Camp Photos:

 

 

Written by: Karianne, CrossRoads K-6 Summer Ministry Assistant

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