Sierra Service Project Reports a Successful Summer
September 13, 2012
Rick Eaton, Executive Director
Sierra Service Project
The Sierra Service Project, a service ministry organization for youth that is affiliated with the California-Nevada Annual Conference, has just completed a very successful summer of service at five project locations throughout the Western United States. Three of our project locations – Coarsegold and Susanville, California and McDermitt, Nevada – were within the geographic boundaries of the Conference.
A total of 497 Conference members – 401 junior and senior high youth, accompanied by 96 adult volunteers – took part in one of SSP's week-long service experiences. These volunteers represented 33 different churches from within the Conference. Together with volunteers from other churches throughout the United States, these young people completed 110 home repair and community service projects, worshiped together as a community of Christ, and experienced first-hand the intense joy of selfless service in a Christian community! These young people and their dedicated adult volunteers truly represent the United Methodist call to "Rethink Church" and to put faith into action for the transformation of the world.
Additionally, 14 young adults from churches in the California-Pacific Annual Conference spent the summer as paid SSP staff, guiding young volunteers, growing their faith, and learning incredible leadership skills through 9 1/2 intense weeks of employment. The young leaders, products of youth ministry programs from throughout the Conference, not only are the "secret sauce" that makes the SSP experience so compelling, but also are the future leaders of our denomination. The adults and congregations that have nurtured these incredible young people should feel very proud.