NY’ 13 Compassion Rally: Talking, Walking, & Praying to Make A Difference

This past weekend, various Christian churches in the Atlantic Union Conference of SDA devoted a special weekend to making a difference for God in the lives of New York’s masses through prayer, singing, cleaning and walking. The entire weekend was jam-packed with opportunities for the youth, young adults, and spiritual members of the SDA Church to reach out to individuals outside of their daily interactions.

I had the opportunity of participating in this recent endeavor with several churches from Massachusetts. The Framingham Spanish Church, Village Church, Leominster Spanish, and Lancaster Portuguese Church all sent groups to New York to aid in the weekend’s events. Comprised of about 50 people, MA church members had the opportunity to go out and pray for people and their homes as they walked block by block on Sabbath morning. It was a cold crisp afternoon as the group continued in their ministry, moving along the shore line of nearby rivers and cleaning up the debris and litter, sharing in laughs and prayers of thanks for God’s protection. Afterwards, the group went on to Rockaway Community Park’s beach to help clean up all the left over debris from Hurricane Sandy.

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When asked what touched participants the most, several mentioned the group march, which occurred on Saturday afternoon. This march was in support of non-violence. It spanned the whole Brooklyn Bridge and down the length of Wall Street and back. It was touching to see thousands of youth, young adults, adventurers, and elderly join together for a common cause, with no separation of race, age, culture, or church membership.

Moving together as one, the whole mass of people, each sporting a “Compassion” shirts of red and white, marched to the beat of percussion bands that were set at intervals and performed by various Pathfinder drum corps. Sending up prayers and stopping to talk to those around them, one could see the difference that this experience was making on everyone. Smiling and singing loudly christian tunes both new and old, the feeling and presence of God was felt by many and inspired others.

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About JayJay Sierra

I enjoy to laugh. Love God and have an appreciation for art and music of all types. But with all this in mind I still really enjoy writing on a variety of subjects and styles.

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