If you haven’t heard, flood gets really fired up when students serve their local communities. We confidently believe that students have the ability to change the world when they focus their talents, attention, and resources away from themselves for the purpose of loving others. Time and time again, we’ve been blown away by how God impacts the community we live in through the hearts and hands of high school students. We can’t get enough of it!
Once again, on MLK Jr. Day, flood held their 10th annual Bring On the Rain event to give students an opportunity to use their day off from school to bring hope to those in need. And the students DELIVERED. All six of our service projects were maxed out, as we had over 150 student and adult volunteers join together in a day of service and love. One group of students spent theirmorning engaging underprivileged children at Corner’s Outreach, while another group made Valentine’s Day crafts and talked with the residents of Chestnut Ridge Nursing Home. A group of students assisted disabled employees with their daily work tasks at Pier Thrift, while another group assisted a local widow with house and yard work through Widow’s Watch. Another group of students worked alongside the rehabilitating men at No Longer Bound, and another group served meals to those in poverty through Meals by Grace.
Each project at Bring On the Rain gave high school students from the North Fulton and Forsyth County areas the unique opportunity to love and serve people that live in their community but come from all kinds of different backgrounds, with all kinds of different struggles. Outside of Bring On the Rain, flood offers several SERVE NOW projects each month that students can sign up to participate in or lead. Students are also leading the students in 16 high schools located in North Fulton, Forsyth, Cobb, and Gwinnett Counties to serve their communities through their monthly chapter meetings.
Flood does these things to bring HOPE and LOVE to our communities through high school students. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. himself stated, “Love is the greatest force in all the world.” And at flood, we couldn’t be more excited that high school students are using that force to change their communities.
“Love is the greatest force in all the world. And this is why Jesus was great. He realized it in his life, and he took this force and split history into A.D. and B.C. so that all history has to sing about him and talk about him because he made love the center of his llfe. And what does the cross mean? It means that God’s love shines before us through that cross in all of its dimensions. And so “when I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died, I count my richest gains but loss and pour contempt on all my pride. Were the whole realm of nature mine that were a present far too small. Love so amazing, so divine, demands my life, my all, and my all.” This is our legacy. This is what we have. And may we go on with a love in our hearts that will change us and change the lives of those who surround us. And we will make this old world a new world. And God’s kingdom will be a reality,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr / 16 September 1962 / “Levels of Love,” Sermon Delivered at Ebenezer Baptist Church /Atlanta/GA