Thursday, June 12, 2014 || By Michael Romain
MAYWOOD–This isn’t your typical Vacation Bible School gathering. Pastor John Yi, founder of a spiritual and social outreach organization called The Community in Maywood, facilitated a cookout/concert at Winfield Scott park on 17th and Maywood Drive this evening.
The event marks the end of the first week of the outdoor vacation Bible school the organization hosts each summer. Yi said at least 32 kids showed up for Bible study and prayer at Connor-Heise Park on 10th and Washington Boulevard this morning–a marked increase over last year’s attendance.
Youth from churches in Missouri and Kentucky played basketball, danced and ate with Maywood youth. Earlier in the day, the two church groups, which combined form a performing arts team called Fuel, went out into the neighborhood and evangelized.
Brad Newbold, the leader of Fuel, said that he and the kids were in the Chicago area on divine purpose.
“God called us to Chicago,” Newbold said. “We’ve met a lot of people in Maywood. It’s been fantastic. We’ve prayer-walked the neighborhood and had the chance to share the Gospel. People have been very kind.”
“Excellent,” “Soldier,” “Feeling So Fly,” and Pharrell Williams’s blockbuster hit “Happy,” were just some of the numbers that Fuel performed. But they may have pulled off their greatest hit on the north side of the basketball courts, where a jubilant, diverse crowd of humanity formed a sanctified soul train line.
Next week, Yi’s group will be at Winfield Scott and Lexington Parks, Monday through Wednesday. Bible Study begins at 10 AM. VFP