Sam has been a Boy Scout in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio and has served numerous service projects. But nothing filled his heart more than the first time he helped the local nonprofit With God’s Grace. This mobile food pantry reaches large numbers of people in need and appreciated the helping hands of the local Boy Scout troop, though Sam says he was the one who received the biggest blessing.
“You don’t feel like you’re working when you’re helping this organization,” Sam said. “I felt like I was making a difference by handing out food, helping carrying bags and being nice to people we met. The first time I helped, it was wintertime and we also handed out hats and gloves. It was great to see. I love that organization and the work they do.”
The Scouts has provided many positive moments for Sam, some of which he said connected him directly to God and allowed him to dive deeper into the world of Kingdom work.
“When I started making my faith my own, it was at camp,” he said. “You’re in the woods – away from distractions – just immersed in creation. I’ve thought a lot about how Kingdom work is furthering God’s will rather than your own. Working for God gives you the chance to be a part of something bigger and better than you are. When you work as a team, all things are possible. God can use things – even bad things we think about ourselves – and use it later as part of our story. You can always be a part of something better and Kingdom work is a great thing that reminds me of my value and what it can be for other people.”
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Sam Onyett is an 18-year-old from Dayton, Ohio.