That summer SPLASH Bartow was born and more than 250 teenagers and adults devoted their efforts to a “mission experience” which involved a week of hands-on service projects.
SPLASH, which stands for Show People Love and Share Him, has since evolved into an annual event which in its short lifetime has completed many projects with more than 3,700 volunteers from dozens of local religious affiliations.
According to its website, the mission SPLASH is to
Significantly impact a region for Christ
Provide a multi-generational missions/ministry experience
Make missions and the sharing of Christ experiential / hands on, with a focus on teenagers
Prepare students to make a SPLASH in their schools
Help churches work together cooperatively.
SPLASH Bartow recently completed its sixth year with a week of volunteer service on more than 100 projects which included construction and painting, tornado clean-up, back-yard bible clubs, and nursing home visits.
From building a wheelchair ramp at a local residence to renovation work on the Downing Clark Hope Center in Adairsville, which has plans to open as a refuge for girls abused through sex trafficking, SPLASH Bartow is impacting the community, said Jennie West, media team coordinator.
While extending a helping hand where it’s needed, West said ultimately SPLASH is about sharing God.
“It’s our desire to show our county the love of Christ and to share His gospel,” West said.
West said this year there were 500 registered students who participated in SPLASH representing 65 churches.
West said SPLASH volunteers benefit from projects just as much as those they help.
“I believe every volunteer, young and old, learns more about the heart of God, West said. “His heart beats for people, and we’re given hands on opportunities throughout the week to show that heartbeat. Through worship, service, and fellowship, hearts are softened and challenged to make a kingdom difference in our county and to carry out the mission of SPLASH all year long.”