Brooklyn Center Church Opens Gym for Youth Basketball
Lutheran Church of the Master in Brooklyn Center opens their gym every Monday night to youth who pray and then play basketball. The simple outreach has been helping youth more than five years.
“One big thing with kids is building relationships,” said Lee Loudermill, one of the organizers of the program.
Loudermill tries to emphasize a few life lessons with the youth who come play. The youth are mostly young men who are from different high schools and different communities.
“Accountability, responsibility of your own actions. If you commit to something, you do it,” said Loudermill.
You can tell Loudermill is something special to the kids who are present. They speak highly of him.
“Coach Lee is a nice, caring man,” said Pishu Giuson, who comes to open gym. “He takes people home. He just cares for us.”
The open gym also allows the players to foster relationships with one another.
“It’s like a brotherhood. We play around and joke around,” said Youan Weanquoi. “There’s no bad vibes here.”
It’s a simple ministry, but very important to the young people who come to play basketball each week.
I was really drawn in by the people of this church, how kind they was to us, the love they show us and we aren’t even their own kids,” said Ernest Worjloh.
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