by Heidi Wetmore, courtesy Columbia Union Visitor
The foundational principle, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35, NIV), presents a stark contrast to the self-centered messages in today’s society. Finding joy and passion in giving to others is a radical attitude, especially for a teenager living in 2018. But Matthew Abrams, a junior from Chesapeake Conference's Spencerville Adventist Academy (Md.), is leading the charge to bring the spirit of giving back into the light:
For a number of years, the SAA Campus Ministries team has distributed food and clothing to homeless people in Washington D.C. Abrams began participating as a freshman. He quickly became a nearly permanent fixture at Chaplain Tim Soper’s office, asking permission to add additional dates to the calendar to help those in need. As his passion for helping others became evident, Soper gave him the responsibility of planning, organizing and publicizing the ministry. “The excitement that he has for service has been infectious, and, with his help, the program is active and thriving, with many of his friends and classmates regularly volunteering and eager to do more,” says Soper.