Miss. Students Attend BMCR Harambee


Submitted by Rev. L. Fitzgerald Lovett, pastor of New Zion UMC in Crystal Springs

Photo courtesy of Rev. L. Fitzgerald Lovett, pastor of New Zion UMC in Crystal Springs 
Twenty-eight youth and adults from Mississippi participated in the 20th Anniversary of the Southeastern Jurisdiction's Black Methodist for Church Renewal (BMCR) Harambee at Claflin University in South Carolina.  The SEJ BMCR Youth Harambee is planned each year for students grades seven through 12. The event's purpose is to be a celebration of gifts, talents and willing hearts of ethnic United Methodist youth. These events also focus on helping youth and young adults understand BMCR's history, purpose and focus on equipping and supporting Christian youth.
Besides great music, praise, drama, dancing, delicious food, prayer and Bible study, youth had opportunities for creative expressions-talent shows, skits, games-mission work, youth-led worship services, activities and much more. Youth learned leadership qualities that can help them become better students and better Christians in a fun, no-pressure, relaxing way. 

Youth were given an opportunity to take another step toward their future both educationally and spiritually.  It was a wonderful time for youth to share and meet new friends. The trip is sponsored each year by Gulfside Assembly in Waveland, Mississippi where Mollie Stewart serves as executive director. The attendees took a Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) tour that featured Claflin University, South Carolina State University, Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College and Morehouse College. University administrators shared with students what they should be doing to prepare for college admission to any school.