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Alumni Return to Cast Vision for Following God

urbanconcern : December 21, 2018 12:55 pm :

We know you can’t judge someone without walking a mile in his or her shoes. But what if young students had the opportunity to judge someone who had walked a mile in their shoes and continued to run the race they started as students, themselves, following God and helping others?

That’s exactly the opportunity Harambee middle schoolers had while recently attending this year’s Point Break anti-bullying workshop. This twice annual workshop recently featured teachings and discussions led by Harambee alumni, Dominique Hawkins and Jameka Hudson, who are now a part of the college ministry at Xenos Christian Fellowship and who both also serve as a part of middle school Bible studies.

Evolving Point Break

Point Break is designed to raise awareness about the impacts of bullying, while fostering friendships between the students. Five years ago when Youth Ministry Director, Brandon Grant, saw how impactful the workshop was among students, he decided to expand the scope to include a larger emphasis on Christ and His ability to help them overcome challenges, as well as issues surrounding dating & relationships, and how to grow in love for others.

This year’s theme has been decades in the making, as Urban Concern & Harambee Christian School’s main emphasis has always been raising up student leaders who can return and lead others. According to Brandon, “For a while, we’ve desired to get some of our alumni back to talk with current students. This year just seemed right considering Dom and Jameka are in their mid-twenties and thriving on multiple levels.” The value of having alumni lead is evident to Brandon: “Instead of hearing from the teachers or me, they would be hearing from students closer to their age who have successfully navigated things like high school, peer pressure, and giving their lives over to God’s plan.”

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