This past Saturday, hundreds of residents from Gwinnett Estates as well as lots of high school and adult volunteers from Graystone had a great time celebrating Jesus’ resurrection together at the first ever Hope Center Easter Celebration! Over 200 children came out and played games, ate some great food that was donated by the Chick-fil-a on Scenic Hwy in Snellville, and each child also received an Easter basket full of candy and other goodies. Austin “Whiteout” Wallace performed some Christian rap songs, and a soccer contest was held with prizes for the winners.
In addition to games and fun activities, new friendships were built and Luis Valenzuela shared an Easter message. Luis began by talking about the Hope Center and what it means to the community and how God has taken a trailer that was dead from a drug-related shooting, and raised it from the dead to become a place that gives hope and love to the community. He use this story to then share the bigger story of Jesus’ death and resurrection. He shared with everyone that God brought Jesus back from the dead to give hope and love to the entire world. It was awesome to see the kids and adults listening to the Good News of Jesus’ resurrection.
Like Luis shared, there is hope and love available to everyone through the death and resurrection of Jesus and it’s so cool to see that hope and love being shared with the residents of Gwinnett Estates through all of the amazing volunteers at the Hope Center. Whether it’s at the Easter Celebration, the after school program, the English class, the haircut or clothing ministry, playing soccer, or just hanging out with the kids, our volunteers are always bringing hope and love to a place that desperately needs it. Thanks for being Jesus in this community and a special thanks to everyone who came out and served at the Easter Celebration! God is doing something incredible at the Hope Center and the exciting part is that it’s just the beginning!