GLASGOW, Ky. (KT) – Love Loud finishes its a three-day mission service effort around Barren County on Wednesday and the impact already has been loud and clear.
Since Monday, nearly 260 middle school and high school students are showing their community the love of Christ by literally being the hands and feet of Jesus and rolling up their sleeves while teaching, building and encouraging the community.
Rebecca Maxwell, who experienced Love Loud for the past five years as a youth worker, had a different view of it this time while serving as an intern coordinator.
“It’s been real interesting seeing it from a coordinator’s perspective instead of actually participating,” she said. “I know the heart of Love Loud and to see all the behind-the-scenes work that goes into it was something special. It’s good to see how God provides everything we need.”
Students gather in the mornings from 8 to 9 for a devotion and then head off to work in several different areas including community service, personal evangelism and construction. It’s how they show God’s love to the three-county community of Metcalf, Hart and Barren in a mighty way.
“All the kids have really good work ethic,” Maxwell said. “They have the heart behind it by being the hands and feet of Jesus. Even kids I don’t know personally, I see their heart and work ethic and it is really great.”
Maxwell, who just finished her freshman year at Western Kentucky University, claimed Isaiah 12:2 while working with the students, many of whom are still close friends. “Isaiah 12:2 talks about God being our strength and song. It’s awesome to see the kids’ heart. They really are serving in Jesus name and for His joy.”
After meeting for devotion together, they work in their assigned area from 9-12, break for lunch at different rally points, work again from 1-4 p.m. and then return to Immanuel Baptist Church for dinner and worship. They return to their homes around 8 p.m. and come back the next morning and do it all again.
The annual effort has been sponsored by the Liberty Association of Baptists since 2013. Maxwell worked five of the first six years and now serves as an intern coordinator and spokesman. Her plan is to be back with Love Loud next year, too.
“The community is very gracious to let us come in and help,” she said. The workers help at homeless shelters, nursing homes and pregnancy centers. They also hold Backyard Bible Clubs and build handicap ramps and patch roofs. Anything to help the community, Maxwell said.
“A lot of adults have a picture of kids thinking they can’t do much,” she said. “Seeing how these students step up to the plate, serve in capacity they do, it shows the younger generation has so much to give to community. Doing it in Christ’s name is even better. They’re spending three full days dedicated.
“I’m not very far removed from the students” in age, Maxwell said. It has been cool to reverse the roles and connect with these students in a different way.”
Maxwell, a member of Calvary Baptist, has been an encourager to students and she said there’s “ample opportunity to share the gospel.”
Eighth-grader Neleigh Poynter has been involved with teaching in Backyard Bible Schools.
“Today was amazing! I love kids and spending time with them,” she said. “My favorite part was getting to teach the lesson yesterday. I loved sharing Christ with kids who aren’t in the best situation in life. Getting to love on them was really special.”
Poynter said she has helped with children’s worship at her church but “never anything like this. I will definitely always treasure this experience.”
After three hard days of work in the community they will be rewarded with a Wednesday night of worship that includes a speaker and band.