Jackie Love, coalition coordinator for Grassroots, the CASI organization that works to promote the prevention of teen substance abuse, is excited to be a part of the venture.
“Our vision is to unite the community in making Clark County free from youth substance abuse and this kind of event means the world to us,” she said. She added that the venture will be a success if they are able to reach the people in the community who need services and if they can encourage youth and parents to be ambassadors for a substance-free lifestyle.
Hundreds of members of the church are volunteering their time and will greet people as they arrive. The volunteers will get a chance to listen to their stories and help map out a plan to meet the most pressing needs. They will accompany them from station to station, easing the anxiety and confusion that often arises. And along the way the church members will get a chance to share their own story — a story of the fingerprints of God’s love on life.
“If someone comes on Saturday and sees that people are caring and compassionate,” said David Parkerson, outreach minister at Eastside, said, “t may cause them to be interested in the story of a loving God that would motivate people to love in such a way. If the pressures of providing for the necessities of life are lessened, if one person starts searching for Christ because of this day, then we’ve done the thing we set out to do.”
For more information about the event, call the Eastside Christian Church at 812-288-9061 or simply show up at the church on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.