This story was submitted by Chis Palmer, Brockton Seventh-day Adventist Church Compassion Boston Coordinator.
On July 10th, 2016, the Brockton SDA Church held our first community sports day at the James Edgar Park/Playground in Brockton, MA. The aim of this day was to bring the people of Brockton together. The city of Brockton has been suffering with situations like gang violence, so we wanted to help create a greater sense of community through recreation and to spread the word of God.
Headed by our Family Life Department leader Karlene Palmer and supported by the members of the church, the day was a great success. We estimate that the turnout was around 400 people. There were carnival-type games for the children to play, including relay races, a bean bag toss, and a water balloon toss—along with a piñata to finish off the festivities. For the youth and adults, there were soccer and basketball tournaments and 7 teams from the community participated. Our very own Brockton SDA basketball team took home the first place trophy. Also present, were the nurses of our church. They had a special booth set up to take blood pressures and to spread the health message with pamphlets and brochures.
Finally, after all of the events were over, everyone gathered together to eat. A barbecue along with traditional Caribbean and Haitian food were prepared for everyone and the members of our church served gladly served the people of the community. Even though the outcome was greater than we expected, there was enough food to go around for everyone. God was truly present at this event. And when the people of the community asked us why we were doing all this for them for free we simply said, “Because we are spreading the love and kindness of God.” Amen.