In a few of the earlier posts in this series, I mentioned the 30-hour fast our teens had undertaken to help children dying from starvation. They made streamers of 26,000 paperchains — the number of children dying each day from starvation and preventable illnesses — and hung them in the auditorium.
I thought we’d have, you know, four or five streamers. Well, 26,000 is a BIG number — and the auditorium and foyer were draped with more streamers than the eye (or camera) could take in.
The kids raised $7,000 and learned a lot about poverty around the world. Here are some pictures.
(Oh, as youth ministers will do, he offered to let the kids have thier way with his hair if they reached $7,000. Hence, the mohawk.)
You’ll also notice the wooden cross I mentioned in the back corner of the stage. It’s covered with envelopes containg the names of people members are praying will find Jesus.
And so, does adding these visual elements, enhance the worship? Without a doubt. It’s much easier to truly worship when you see and experience God working powerfully among you.
PS — The local TV station picked up the story and ran a very positive feature story on what the kids were doing. You see, the world may not understand hell and salvation, but they do understand people caring enough to miss meals so that others might be fed.