Stepping Stone Mission hosted a ‘Joy and Love Festival’ to celebrate Easter on April 3 at Hurt Park in Atlanta.
“Jesus carried the cross to solve the problem of sin in us, and through his resurrection we have received new life,” said Rev. George Murdow during this sixth such event. “So whoever receives Jesus as their Lord becomes God’s child. Let us live new lives as God’s children, clothed in the new life of the resurrection.”
Following Murdow’s sermon, a Taekwondo demonstration was carried out by a Taekwondo studio director from Boston, and 400 gifts prepared by Stepping Stone Mission were given to those who attended.
Everyone who came by were able to enjoy their time with the food prepared and provided by Korean Community Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. Four barbers and hair stylists offered free hair services and nurses offered free health screenings to the homeless individuals, and shared Christ’s love with them.
“Everything was amazing,” said Solomon, one of the homeless individuals who serves as a leader in Stepping Stone Mission. “It was my first time coming to this event and I’m just amazed to think of how so many Koreans could come to give and love and help people. I’m so thankful. Thank you so much.”
“Every year we’ve been hosting Easter events, but since many organizations have Easter events and churches have their own events as well, we decided to have ours one week after Easter,” explained Joseph Song, the president of Stepping Stone Mission. “In the future, we hope to have a Sunday where all of the Korean churches can work together to share the gospel to homeless individuals.”
Numerous Korean churches in the Atlanta area partnered together to host this particular Easter event, including Korean Community Presbyterian Church, Korean First Presbyterian Church, New Days Church, New Life Baptist Church of Atlanta, Johns Creek Korean Church, New Church of Atlanta, Siloam Korean Church of Atlanta, Saehan Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, Atlanta Bethany United Methodist Church, Bethel Faith Baptist Church, and New Light Presbyterian Church.