COMMUNITY THRIVES DESPITE CHALLENGES

Quest Young Adults gathering for shabbos dinner and bible talk

Albert Einstein famously said, “In the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity.” Yet, looking back at the past year and a half, it was at one point very difficult to see how the pandemic could ever yield an opportunity to do ministry well. Quest Young Adults was not immune to these various challenges, but God showed Himself faithful, allowing us to recast the vision of our future.

At the core of this reimagining of ministry were two themes: community and covenant. The ministry engaged in social media with weekly, thought-provoking teachings and sessions on the Bible, but also through forums that allowed people to discuss real societal issues on race and other challenging topics. They held safe, in-person activities, including Worship on the Beach, outdoor hikes, movie nights and prayer walks. Bimonthly virtual meet-ups became the town square to laugh, pray and encourage one another as we learned how to study the Bible. As a result, on Fridays this summer we gathered for “Shabbos Dinner” as a community in covenant—breaking bread and challenging each other on issues of faith in action.

Ultimately, as we continue to regather and reflect on all that the pandemic has taught us, there is still much to learn and even more to do. In pursuit of a harvest, Quest Young Adults will strive to be dynamic and nimble, with community and covenant at the heart of all that we do!

Justina Rivera

Justina Rivera

Quest Young Adult Director

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