Southland Christian Church in Lexington did a great thing this past weekend… hosting over 1000 physically and mentally disabled (I hope that’s the right politically correct terminology) to what they called a ‘Jesus Prom’.
How great is this?
From an article at the Christian Post:
Southland Christian Church in Lexington, Ky., held an event for the mentally and physically disabled community dubbed “Jesus Prom” over the past weekend that featured a night of celebration and compassion dedicated to those in attendance.
The annual free event drew 1,100 people decked in prom attire for the dinner, dance and night of fellowship. Pastor Brewster McLeod initiated the idea years ago when he served as the youth pastor with the purpose to reach those outside the walls of the church building and “value people on the margins of society.”
According to Justin Meeker, communications director at Southland Christian Church, McLeod’s vision for Jesus Prom is based on Luke 14:12-14, a verse about inviting “the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind” to a banquet.
“Here’s a guy that truly believes everyone is as good as everyone else,” said Steve Flairty, a columnist writer who attended the event, according to the Kentucky Kernel. “Brewster wants people with developmental disabilities to experience the same kind of activities that everyone else can.”
Each year, the event is organized by 1,500 to 1,800 volunteers who escort the attendees throughout activities that include photography and games, while police and medical attention is on hand in case a special needs individual needs assistance. Typically, the megachurch transforms into a different theme venue, with this year being “Happy Days,” which was reflected through poodle-skirt dresses worn by some attendees.
Hats off to Southland! Great job in being the hands and feet of Jesus to your community.
Jesus is smiling.