ENC Hosts 27th Festival of Life for Eastern Region Young People

Quincy, MA, April 5, 2007 — "Got life? Live it!" was the theme of the Eastern Region's 27th Festival of Life held March 22-24 on the campus of Eastern Nazarene College, in Quincy, MA. High school students arrived on campus Thursday, March 22, enjoyed dinner in The Commons, the college's dining hall, and then joined together at the Wollaston Church of the Nazarene for an opening celebration. The following two days were jam-packed with worship, workshops, Ministry to Others (MTO) projects in the Boston and the South Shore area, and competitions ranging from art and poetry to volleyball and basketball to Bible and math/science quizzing. USA/Canada NYI Coordinator David Curtiss was the featured speaker for the event. Others, including Stretch Dean, vice president of Eastern Region NYI, Sandy Myers, FOL Director, James Heyward, Eastern Region president, and Jon Yeh, ENC Men's Basketball coach conducted seminars at various locations on campus.

"Reports from the volunteers were very positive about the projects that sites had for them," said Vanessa Ayersman, an ENC enrollment counselor. "Students and adults served at 15 different sites in the Greater Boston area and on the South Shore," she said. On Boston's Esplanade, 110 lawn bags were filled with grass, leaves and debris whole 50 bags of trash were picked up at Wollaston Beach. Choirs visited two elderly homes in the Quincy area and helped with organization and grounds clean-up at several sites. Back on campus, several of Trustee's wives, on campus during semi-annual Trustee meetings, and some ENC staff members joined volunteers to sew 80 pillowcases for area children's hospitals.

Festival of Life Coordinator Bev Keuther said that the highlight for many of the young people in attendance were the ministry opportunities in the Boston area. "They felt like they were really contributing to the community, to the world, or to just one person," but regardless of the venue, it was not only an opportunity to serve, but to discover that "they need to, and they enjoy [the fact that] they can have an effect on people for Christ." During MTOs and during team competitions, students also had the opportunity to combine with teams from other districts. This was a "fabulous experience," says Keuther, "the students were terribly excited" to be involved in ministry and competition alongside peers from other districts.