Children helping others were at the heart of the annual “Speed the Light” banquet at the Marysville Assembly of God Church Sunday, Feb. 28.
Children of the “Youth Awakening” program spent the evening taking food orders, delivering beverages and appetizers such as nachos. Guests dined on tacos and a variety of deserts.
Volunteer Amber Warner, 16, of Port Huron, spent the evening face painting guests for donations. “I’m thoroughly enjoying myself. It’s a lot of fun.”
Jeff Coulter of Port Huron has attended this annual event for the past few years. Coulter, a SC4 student, is leader of SC4’s “Intervarsity Christian Fellowship.
An anonymous donation to strolling minstrels resulted in Coulter being serenaded by the minstrels at the banquet. “This is great to see. I’ve volunteered in the kitchen the past two years,” replied Coulter.
Marysville Assembly of God youth pastor, Jeff Turner, explained that their church has participated in this event for 20 years. Turner has been youth pastor for seven years. The annual banquet, hosted by the church’s youth, exceeded their fundraising goal last year.
“Last year, our goal was to raise $2000 and we raised $6000,” replied Turner. According to Turner, this year’s goal was to match or exceed $6000. Monies raised from this year’s banquet, currently stand at $3500.
According to the “National Youth Ministries” website, “Speed the Light” is a student initiated charitable program, founded in 1944, that uses monies raised to provide much needed equipment to missionaries in the United States and over 180 countries around the world.
Information on the “Speed of Light” program and how you can donate can be obtained by calling 810-364-6164.