The Alabama-Northwest Florida Region has a vibrant youth ministry that is given oversight by its Youth Ministries Staff Person, Nisha Warbington. Through her work with an elected Regional Youth Council (RYC), the Region is able to offer a winter retreat, a variety of summer camps, mission opportunities, and other programs. RYC members have special opportunities for training and faith development as young leaders in the church. Throughout the year the youth of the Region stay connected through social media.
MISSION TRIP 2019
(from Nisha Warbington, Regional Staff for Youth Ministries)
Children, youth, and adults, ages 7-77, from around the region gathered during the week of Memorial Day to serve the Port St. Joe, FL area with Hurricane Michael relief efforts. The devastation from Hurricane Michael could not be ignored. Hearing of such devastation in our own region just a matter of months ago led us on a journey to make a small difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters in northwest Florida. We arrived to find a community still very much in the rebuilding phase. The devastation was seen on every street corner, and no one in the area had escaped the impact of the storm.
We were able to work the area in a number of ways. We worked on a "bunkhouse" that will be used by UMCOR (United Methodist Council on Relief) to provide lodging to future groups. We repaired and painted for Mrs. Mary (93), who had lived in the exact same house since her honeymoon days since the 1940s. We enjoyed the time of getting to know her and her children. They were grateful. We were honored to be there. We assisted a widow, who had lost her husband then her home but was moving forward in faith. She was in awe that anyone would have the time to spend a couple of days helping her hang blinds, clean-up debris, and move new furniture, and we felt blessed to be able to offer a glimmer of hope. We met others for whom we didn't have the skill or resources to help, and we prayed with them knowing that the right folks will show up one day and get them back on their feet. We will check on them when we return next year, and can always make room for one more if you can join us.
January 24-26, 2020
YMCA Camp Chandler
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REGIONAL YOUTH COUNCIL (RYC)
Andrew Storie, FCC Florence
Chance Lynch, Madison CC
Kensley Baldwin, Madison CC
Leundria Brooks, Snow Hill CC
Karmyn Johnson, New Hope CC
Tamarion Bolling , New Hope CC
Charlize Horten, Pensacola CC
Kara Killam, Penscaolsa CC
Michaela Hart, Grace CC
Jeremiah Marinez, Arbol de Vida
Eli McDonald, FCC Meridian
Mary Ashley Warbington, Member At-Large
Sam Black, Member At-Large
Interested in applying for RYC for 2019-2020?
Applications are now being accepted.