BETHALTO — Uncommon Youth is hosting a large rummage sale to benefit Speed the Light missionaries from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Cornerstone Church.
These Assembly of God missionaries share the gospel of Christ, rescue women and children from sex slavery and help bring clean water to communities in need.
The rummage sale is the idea of Abbie Hasty, a 12-year-old member of the youth group. Hasty, who has friends who are missionaries to Vietnam, has seen firsthand how important and necessary those funds are. She pledged to donate $1,000, an amount that is significant to many, but especially to a 12-year-old, her mother, Jeanna Hasty, said.
“When she came home and told us she had pledged $1,000 by the end of the year, I have to admit my mouth dropped a bit,” Jeanna Hasty said. “But her dad and I are so proud of her. She has earned about $500 of her goal so far. It has been incredible to watch how, even as a 12-year-old, she has been moved with compassion for people in other countries.”
Initially, Abbie was going to have a yard sale at her house to help her meet her goal. She began gathering items for the sale and asked friends and family to donate items as well. She was having so much success with donations that she had the idea to ask other youth members if they wanted to join her.
“The night Pastor Chris announced our annual goal, we had 28 people say they would work to raise $1,000 each. I was one of them,” Abbie said. “This sale is a way we can all work together to meet our goals. It is not about being competitive with each other. It is about giving as much money as we can to our missionaries.”
Abbie said there have been so many donations received for the sale that they decided to move the sale to the church gymnasium. In addition to the typical rummage sale items of clothing and household goods, there will be furniture, antiques, crafts, scrapbooking supplies and a grand piano. Each teen will service their own booth of sale items and will donate the money they collect to the goal.
There will also be adult booths, manned by adults, who will sell goods and donate a percentage to missions. These booths will include wedding décor items, household goods and furniture.
Each year, youth groups across the nation pledge money to help with the mission. Uncommon Youth pastor Chris Stanley said he challenges the teens each year and they come up with the amount they are willing to work to earn for missions. The group’s goal this year is $30,000. Stanley said he lets the youths set the pledge. He was surprised when they came up with the $30,000 amount.
“I let them know I will help them in any way I can and will support them, but ultimately this is their pledge and they have to be willing to earn it; they own it,” Stanley said. “We have kids mowing lawns, babysitting, kicking field goals, doing backflips to raise money. Several of the youth also acted as servers for a wedding this year. These kids are willing to do whatever it takes.”
The rummage sale is just one of several fundraising events the youth group is conducting to raise funds for Speed the Light, an Assembly of God student-led initiative where youths raise money to support world missionaries with funds to buy essential transportation and sound equipment used to spread the love of Christ.
“These missionaries do everything from providing clean drinking water in Africa to rescuing men, women and children from human trafficking,” Stanley said.
Stanley said each $100 raised frees one person from sex slavery.
“It’s incredible to watch a group of students sacrifice so much so that other people around the world, that they have never met, will have an opportunity to meet with Christ,” Stanley said. “I am proud and honored to be their youth pastor.”
For information, call the church at (618) 377-7625.