OSWEGO, Ill.–For more than 10 years, Youth Pastor Matt Drietz has been mobilizing junior and senior high students from Harvest New Beginnings to help feed and care for the homeless in Chicago in an event known as Christmas in Chicago.
This year about 100 students and adult leaders filled two train cars and traveled into the city, carrying backpacks filled with hats, gloves, socks, toothbrushes, and other necessities. They hit the streets, handing out these items to the homeless while getting into as many spiritual conversations and sharing the gospel with as many people as possible.
The event was birthed from the realization that most students don’t naturally think about others but can be trained to do so if given the opportunity.
Drietz has been asked, “How do you get all these kids to serve like this?” and he just says, “We ask them! Students need to be asked to serve in meaningful ways, and we often fail the younger generation by not giving them important tasks and the room to fail or succeed.”