What makes a community great? Is it the landscape, the houses, or the amenities? No, it is the people. On Saturday, April 9th, our community participated in the Keep Houston Beautiful event put on by our city. What was really beautiful was how many people from our community turned out to participate. There were multiple locations across the city, and Agape was the site of the after party. In our community we had around 100 residents show up and participate in work projects ranging from picking up trash, to hauling off major trash, to weeding the community garden. We also had

generous volunteers overseeing the food and coordination of the event. As Backyard Bible Club (BBC) director, it was especially exciting to see some of our after school youth show up to work and party. We had at least 1 youth from each of our 4 age group teams show up. BBC has kids from age 5 to age 12. I was blessed to see them pulling weeds, picking up trash, and working alongside adult leaders in the community. The youth worked hard for 2-3 hours depending on their arrival time, and then they also got to participate in the child’s fair, enjoy some food, and get some prizes. As an organization we really encourage our youth to be neighbors, to take pride in their neighborhood. Being a hard-working, vital part of the community is a lesson that youth should learn young, and on Saturday, our youth were able to engage in that lesson.

 

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