Back More than 250 students MOVE out all over Nashville
October 18th, 2012
It's a simple word that packs a powerful punch. And that's all it took to get 250 Brentwood Baptist students out of these four walls and into the community on Wednesday, October 17.
During the time they normally meet for LIFE Groups each week, they were participating in the first-ever MOVE Night—putting what they learn each week into practice.
They first met at the church, signed in, and huddled up for group prayer, then loaded a caravan of buses and went to more than 13 sites all over Nashville.
Linc Taylor, Student Minister, said, "One of our four primary values as a Student Ministry is to challenge and encourage students to move where God is sending them, to go and be on mission in making Him known."
Several groups of students played games and chatted with elderly residents at Emeritus at Legacy Crossing, Somerfield Healthcare, Belmont Village Senior Living, and Bethany Health and Rehab.
Others cleaned, organized, painted, and sorted for Global Outreach Developments, Soles 4 Souls, Grace M. Eaton, Youth Life Learning Centers, Boys & Girls Club in Franklin, Tennessee Baptist Children's Home, and Thrift Smart.
And one crew even cared for refugee and immigrant children during their parents' tutoring sessions at Nashville International Center of Empowerment.
One leader, Ron Bleakney, took a group of sixth graders to Bethany to visit with 16 patients. They had conversations with them, read the Bible to them, and prayed over them.
The group met one interesting man named Judd while they were there. Ron said, "He was very pleased to hear we were Brentwood Baptist. And the kids got a kick out of hearing about how he and a small group met to get Brentwood Baptist started. He prayed over us and [we left]."
As the students left the facility, they commented that there were so many people they didn't get to meet and talk with. According to Ron, they said, "I wish we had more time to spend here."
Some students, leaders, and others Tweeted before and after the event:
@allisimss: Can't wait for tonight @bbcstudentstuff #MOVE
@starkd12: Can't wait for MOVE night tonight! It's gonna be great helping out people in our city
@elangdonn: Move night went amazing! Such a great way to serve our community and spread the word of God at the same time.
@AmieEllisTN: Thanks, @bbcstudentstuff, for an AMAZING night! Truly a blessing to serve with our students at Grace M. Eaton. #MOVE2012 #Blessed
Linc said, "God is working among our teenagers now to be the church of today. Be encouraged."