The Big Day of Serving changes Enumclaw | Slideshow

The Big Day of Serving – a nationwide, faith-based outreach program – made a big splash in Enumclaw Saturday.

Valerie Hawthorne

The Big Day of Serving made a big splash in Enumclaw Saturday.

On the first day of rain in many days in Western Washington, a Christian based event brought faith-based youth groups from across the state to Enumclaw to participate in providing service to the community.

Enumclaw resident, Brook Hickle, organized the event along with a 10 other local women.

The event began at 7 a.m. at the J.J. Smith gymnasium with teens and youth leaders gathering for prayer, a song and to hear the message of the day.

Only nine communities throughout the United States, and just two in the western United States, participated in this year’s Big Day, founded by the organization Group Mission Trips.

Groups of youth leaders and teens gathered from as far away as Moses Lake, Shelton and Bremerton.

At about noon  Hickle said, “The day has already turned out to be much more than I expected. My initial idea was to bring youth groups to serve and for them to go back and serve their communities. But I found out there is so much need in Enumclaw and so much is being done.”

Hickle said there are four primary projects, painting the senior center, making senior resource kits, neighbors in need projects and working at J.J. Smith.”

Michelle Pritchow said, “We are are trying to show each other we care and we are coming together to help each other. I love the message we are giving the young people and I love seeing God work in so many ways.”

Mitchell Dubeau from Bremerton said, “It is a great way to show who Christ really was serving.

Mike Siegemund, a youth paster from Bremerton, said it was a “tremendous experience. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.”

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