Friday, May 22, 2009

Outreach Center Formal Opening

On Thursday the 14th of May we held the formal opening of our Outreach or Young Adult Center in Rotterdam. My wife and I have been supervising this program since January, but we wanted to make some improvements to the facility and have Young Adult leaders selected before having a formal opening. We began the evening with a BBQ of American hamburgers (with meat from the air base), and chicken, which we started cooking on the grill outside. We soon found that not only was the grill too small for the crowd, but it was slow in cooking. We soon were also using the stove inside. We had a great group of about 50 who enjoyed the meal. The size of the meat patties was much larger than anything seen here.

It was soon time for the program. All adjorned to the classroom to hear from Stake Pres. De Jonge, Mission Pres. Woodland, and Bro. Noot from Seminaries & Institute. The program was interspersed with music. Bro. Noot taught a short lesson on the New Testament to end the program. Next came the ribbon cutting for the newly painted and decorated Young Adult room or JOVO Huis. Elder & Sister Servoss, and Yeagi Kim (the YA chairman) cut the red ribbon to reveal the room. The group was impressed with the area rug, painted walls, and new painting of Christ. Cookies and punch were then served to everyone. It was a grand evening and we are glad that we had a small part in it. We can now apply for formal status with the church regional office. We love working with the Young Adults (Jovo's) here. They are such great young people and have so much to offer the church.

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