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The mission project organized by the Ellicott City church led four teenagers to request baptism.
My City My Passion participants prepare to load the buses and head into Baltimore for community service.
Forty-seven youth and young adults participated in a local mission project to Baltimore called “My City My Passion” hosted by the Ellicott City (Md.) church from July 23-31. The annual youth mission project that began in 2014 aims to facilitate service opportunities, teach leadership skills, foster friendships, and grow faith and character.
Participants for this year’s mission project came to the Ellicott City church from churches in Maryland, Florida, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Michigan and were comprised of 32 teenagers and 15 young adults. Service activities in Baltimore included collecting food, cleaning streets, washing windshields and weeding sidewalks.
Four teenagers who attended My City My Passion this year requested baptism and will be baptized in their local churches when they return home.
“There is no exact recipe [to reach] the youth,” says Paulo Macena, lead pastor of the Ellicott City church. “They are all unique, with different backgrounds, and each one of them carries a different experience in life. But there’s one thing that doesn’t change. All the youth, with no exception, have the desire to be involved in a cause bigger than themselves.”
My City My Passion participants report that they enjoyed the experience. “It was the best week of my summer,” says 15-year-old David Ogalo
Sarah Litzenberg, 14, agrees. “We had so much fun going around doing mission work and becoming closer to God.”
Martin Obura, 13, is excited for the next mission project. “The connection that I got with all the people here is just crazy,” he says. “I can’t wait until next year!”